In defence of the epicure
“The epicure is not a man who thinks of, and lives for, his belly alone; he is not a sensualist for whom dinner is merely an elaborate prelude to sexual passion; he is not a hedonist who sees life as a succession of pleasurable sensations obtained by hook, crook, or levitation … He is simply one who cultivates a refined taste of the pleasures of the table.”
A.J.A. Symons. Quoted in the Nancy Quenell’s The Epicure’s Anthology.