When Salvador Dali’s wildly eccentric cookbook was originally printed in 1973, only 400 copies were released which made it a rare treasure for anyone who loves the artist’s work. Now, Dali’s cookbook is being reissued for the first time in over 40 years, giving you a chance to own this exclusive piece of food-based surrealism.
“Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste … If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.” — Salvador Dalí
Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows: sex and lobsters, collage and cannibalism, the meeting of a swan and a toothbrush on a pastry case. The opulent dinner parties thrown by Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) and his wife and muse, Gala (1894–1982) were the stuff of legend. Luckily for us, Dalí published a cookbook in 1973, Les diners de Gala, which reveals some of the sensual, imaginative, and exotic elements that made up their notorious gatherings.
This reprint features all 136 recipes over 12 chapters, specially illustrated by Dalí, and organized by meal courses, including aphrodisiacs. The illustrations and recipes are accompanied by Dalí’s extravagant musings on subjects such as dinner conversation: “The jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge.”
Published by Taschen, you can now pre-order Salvador Dali’s cookbook, Dalí: Les Dîners de Gala and start prepping for the most surreal meals of your life.
(h/t My Modern Met; photos via Taschen)