Salvador Dali’s supercool surrealist cookbook is getting a reboot
Salvador Dali was many things: illustrator of the absurd, political anarchist, narcissist, aesthete, oddball artist, etc. He was also adept at crafting kooky cuisine and epicurean delights. The painterly polymath could engineer gourmet combinations and permutations in his sleep, of course. Copulating crustaceans; montages made of toothbrushes, birds and random rubble; melting clocks, clouds and cannibalism — these are just a smidgen of Dali’s gastronomical get-ups and hodgepodge eats that make up Les diners de Gala. First released in the early 70’s and until now out of print, the surreal and scrumptiously pictured book is getting a reboot thanks to Taschen. With recipes like “Casanova Cocktail,” “Thousand Year Old Eggs” and “Crayfish Consommé,” this Freudian, fetish-y food tomb (a whopping 320 pages!) is made for a daring and decadent palette. “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,” Dali cautions. “The jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge.” Move over Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain. Salvador Dali’s redux book — stewing with resplendent and radical recipes — is certain to arouse and repel your appetite. Yum!
Les diners de Gala is available now