The fact that many utensils are used as wall trophies indicates the muddle people are in who misguidedly buy things as ‘symbols’ of culinary merit. The merit lies not in the possession of the object but in putting it to good use. Equally, cooking is not to be regarded as a display of virtuosity, it is far more vital than that.
Patience Gray, Honey From A Weed (1986)
The most humble and fascinating book about real food, this. The last sentence rings truer now than when written.