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Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

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Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

Les diners de Gala is a newly-released Cookbook presenting various artistic-surrealist recipes for the fans of Salvador Dali. Released by Taschen, the book 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,'' said Salvador Dalí.

The book was first published in 1973 and now it was a dream fulfilled for surrealist artist Salvador Dali who claimed at the age of 6 that he wanted to be a chef. Now the book was re-issued and fulfilled his striking illustrations, collages, eye-catching arrangement of dinner tables.

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. 

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.

Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

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. 

Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

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.

Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

Dalí. Les dîners de Gala is a Hardcover, 21.2 x 30.2 cm, comprised of 320 pages and if you are keen on foodporn, fantasy, dinner taste, party-table -this book will really make a strong impression on your eyes and tongue. You can purchase the book for € 49.99 here

Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

Prepare your Christmas dinner with Salvador Dali’s surrealist Cookbook

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