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Dalí. Les dîners de Gala

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When six years old I wanted to be a cook, Dalí wrote. Sixty-eight years old his ambition was fullfilled in the shape of a book: Les Dîners de Gala, originally published in 1973 in the French language, consists of twelve chapters, featuring 136 recipes from celebrated Paris restaurants as La Tour d'Argent and Maxim's, illustrated in surrealist fashion by Dalí himself. This book is at once an artwork, a practical cookbook, and a delicious morsel of multisensory pleasure.
Hardcover8.3 x 11.9 in.4.19 lb320 pages
“…a visual explosion of surrealism and outrageous recipes.”
The New York Times
“A look into a lost gastronomic world.”
The Observer
“A mammoth tome whose lustrous gold cover hints at decadence to come.”
“…a surrealist feast for the eyes, a kaleidoscope of weird, captivating, extraordinary, and mind-bending images, with recipes to match.”
The Boston Globe
“A cookbook like no other.”
British GQ
“Food porn at its most gluttonous.”
Dalí. Les dîners de Gala

Dalí. Les dîners de Gala


Dalí's surrealistic cult cookery book

Surrealist dining illustrated by the master himself

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 and his wife and muse, Gala 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 volume features all 136 recipes over 12 chapters, delightfully 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.”

All these rich recipes can be cooked at home, although some will require practiced skill and a well-stocked pantry. This is cuisine of the old school, with meals by leading French chefs from such stellar Paris restaurants as Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Train Bleu.

Good taste, however voluptuous, never goes out of fashion. In making this exceptionally rare book available to a wide audience, TASCHEN brings an artwork, a practical cookbook, and a multisensory adventure to today’s kitchens.

Dalí. Les dîners de Gala
Hardcover21.2 x 30.2 cm1.90 kg320 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-0876-6

Edition: English
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6 Ratings

Great book

Zoltan,November 5, 2021
This book is so great. For a cookbook collector, this is a must have. If you never make a recipe - it's worth having for the artwork and photos. Unsurprisingly if you know Dali. Great gift for the art lover in your life!

incredibly beautiful

Malyna,October 27, 2021
this book is unique and intriguing. I really enjoy owning a copy.


Alejandro,December 17, 2021
La excentricidad del genio llevada a niveles culinarios. Maravilloso trabajo con ilustraciones que sumergen a uno en un sueño, al estar planificando una cena.

Les Diners de Gala, plaisirs sensoriels assurés

Léo,October 29, 2021
Cette édition du livre de recette de Dali "Les dîners de Gala" est tout simplement magnifique, qualité du papier, des impressions et de la couverture, tout y est !


Gabriele,October 29, 2021
Der Band ist unglaublich schön und mit viel Kenntnis gemacht! Man kann ihn immer wieder ansehen und er ist ein Augenschmaus.

Von großer Wichtigkeit

Stephan,October 27, 2021
Neben dem reibungslosen Ablauf der Bestellung ist es von großer Wichtigkeit für die Kultur, dass es Verlage wie TASCHEN gibt. Top Service paart sich mit fantastischen Werken. Ein Muss für jeden Kunst- und Kulturliebhaber.