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Les Diners de Gala

A project by Salvador Dalí

One day, at the age of 6, Salvador said he wanted to be a chef. A dream fulfilled in 1973, through a surreal illustrated cookbook including over 12 chapters — the 10th of which is dedicated to aphrodisiacs. The artworks depict towering mountains of crayfish with unsettling overtones of cannibalism, an unusual meeting of a swan and a toothbrush in a pastry case, and portraits of Dali himself mingling with chefs against decadent place settings.

Only around 400 copies of the book are known to survive until Taschen has finally made it available for the first time in 43 years as a new reprint currently available for pre-order.

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Despite the unusual ingredients and preparation methods, many of the old school recipes in Les Diners de Gala originated in some of the top restaurants in Paris at the time including Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Train Bleu. Lest you think anything in the book might be remotely healthy, it offers a cautionary disclaimer at the outset:

“We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, Les Diners de Gala, with its precepts and its illustrations, is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste. Don’t look for dietetic formulas here. We intend to ignore those charts and tables in which chemistry takes the place of gastronomy. 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.

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Taschen

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1st Edition

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