Dalí: Les Dîners De Gala by Salvador DalíDalí: Les Dîners De Gala by Salvador Dalí

Dalí: Les Dîners De Gala

Contribution bySalvador Dalí

Hardcover | November 20, 2016

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Gala dinner: Salvador Dalí’s surrealist cookbook

Les dîners 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.

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Title:Dalí: Les Dîners De GalaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 11.9 × 8.3 × 0.98 inPublished:November 20, 2016Publisher:Taschen America LlcLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3836508761

ISBN - 13:9783836508766

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Les Diners De Gala Although I have not yet had the opportunity to test any of the recipes within this book, I am thrilled by the layout, design and photographs. It is wonderfully weird, just like Dali.
Date published: 2017-01-02

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“A surrealist, sensory treat.”