The young narrator Marcel is fascinated by the peas and asparagus in Aunt Leonie's kitchen.
The Vicarious Foodie Blog
Proust talks about art and literature and is not above a good gossip, but he also notes the work of the kitchen maids and observes the preparations and color and texture of the vegetables. Such great writing. The asparagus, of course, is the white variety, so beloved in the springtime across Northern Europe. Proust was no exception.