How can you tell if someone's rich?
By how much asparagus is thrown away.
Yes, the tips are the best. Yes, they're beautiful and delicious, but are they necessarily more nutritious? I'm gonna venture to say no. And with that said, I think you should eat as much of the stalk as possible, even if you're too rich for it.
Instead of breaking off all the hard bottoms, try trimming off just a little bit, and then peel the rest. It doesn't take that long. You'll get more bang for your buck, and your urine will smell just as bad. And, it looks beautiful. I love roasting asparagus in a 425 degree oven with just a little olive oil until al dente. Easy, simple, healthy. Save the trimmed stalk for veggie stock. Or not (you bourgeois you.)
Wish you could have a snappy, stinky bite,