There is something calming about trimming asparagus. The aesthetic is striking and the process is engaging. A close examination of the spears and tips shows the removal of the leaves and a shaping of the bottoms rather than the traditional universal peeling of the spears. Does the work make the asparagus taste better? If you eat with your eyes first, then yes. While cooking is often looked at as diner centric, the cook needs to enjoy and appreciate the process as well.