"...Proust says, 'Chardin has taught us that a pear is as living as a woman, a kitchen crock as beautiful as an emerald.' Since Proust wrote these words painters and writers have revealed other beauties to us - they have made us see the poetry of factory canteens and metro stations, the romance of cog-wheels, iron girders, bombed buildings, dustbins and pylons. But in the excitement of discovering these wondrous things we shall be poorer if we don't give a thought now and again to the pear and the kitchen crock."
Elizabeth David, writing for Vogue in 1960
Still doesn't make me want to actually read Proust, but I love this ED quote.