If you learned that "programming is like telling the computer a recipe" I can see how FP looks strange.
It's a bad analogy though.
Focusing on just how the code looks is like concentrating on the paint job of a car and ignoring everything else. The deeper, more important concept, is that is the theory of the program understood and communicated lucidly through the code.
I'm once more evoking Peter Naur's "Programming as theory building"
"Maybe different styles intersect and collide and create some kind of fruitful chaos. And so on."
No, coding is not an art where noise synthesis produces reasonable results.