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Gala dinner - Salvador Dalí’s surrealist cookbook

Gala dinner

Salvador Dalí’s surrealist cookbook


Dalí. Les dîners de Gala

US$ 59.99
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
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.”

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.

The first English edition of Les Diners de Gala was published in 1973 by FELICIE, INC., New York
  • “Salvador Dalí’s exotic and imaginative cookbook, filled with the stuff your dreams (or possibly your nightmares) are made of.”

    —, London
  • “A surrealist, sensory treat.”

    — Metro, London
  • “Surrealist fans and kooky cooks will enjoy TASCHEN’s re-issue of Salvador Dalí’s 1973 cookbook, Les Dîners de Gala. Illustrated with Dalí’s bizarre, erotic work and dinner spreads shot in garish 1970s tones, this is a legitimate cookbook…”

    —, London
  • “This is one for hedonists. It brims with Dali’s sumptuous, often phallic, illustrations and wry photographs of the mustachioed painter at his famous dinner parties… It’s unlike any other cookbook this year, or any other year, for that matter.”

    — The Times, London
  • “…a surrealist feast for the eyes, a kaleidoscope of weird, captivating, extraordinary, and mind-bending images, with recipes to match.”

    — The Boston Globe, Massachusetts
  • “Dali's surrealist cuisine was a bit like his surrealist art: The outlandish jokes and self-spoofing persona concealed tremendous technique.”

    — SAVEUR, New York
  • “It is a universal truth that great art, like great food, elevates everyday experience. But in 1973 Salvador Dalí went one step further with Les Dîners de Gala, which rocketed both disciplines at once into domestic dream realm… A cookbook like no other.”

    — British GQ, London
  • “A mammoth tome whose lustrous gold cover hints at decadence to come.”

    —, New York
  • “…a bizarre work of edible art.”

  • “Food porn at its most gluttonous.”