We all know Salvador Dalí for his out-of-this-world surrealistic paintings, but one of his less well-known talents was throwing elaborate dinner parties. He and his wife/muse Gala loved to eat and to entertain, and Dalí published a (fittingly bizarre) cookbook in 1973. Now, publisher TASCHEN has translated the book from its original French and it’s available for sale. You just can’t get any kitschier than a rare and re-released 1970s cookbook, can you?
Les Dîners de Gala, divided into 12 chapters, features 136 recipes for such dishes as varied as Toffee with Pine Cones, Thousand Year Old Eggs, Conger Eel of the Rising Sun, and Frog Pasties. The ingredient lists for most of the recipes would be extremely difficult to attain, but publisher TASCHEN insists that each dish in the “practical cookbook” could be made at home.
Even those who don’t consider themselves foodies can enjoy Les Dîners de Gala, however, as the entire book is beautifully illustrated by Dalí himself.
In its initial printing, the cookbook came with this statement (or warning): “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.”