A rare and fantastical cookbook by legendary painter Salvador Dalí that was reissued after 40 years in obscurity has chefs & artists salivating for a personal copy. What’s in it?

With sex and lobsters, collage and cannibalism, swans dancing with toothbrushes on a pastry case… the cookbook ‘Les diners de Gala’ reflects Dali’s fantastical imagination.

Dalí and his wife Gala were legendary partiers and their opulent dinner parties were epic. The lavishly erotic cookbook ‘Les Diners de Gala’ was first published in 1973, featuring 136 recipes like Veal Cutlets Stuffed With Snails and Frog Pasties. 

The cookbook is considered a cultural artefact and by republishing it, Taschen publishing hopes to bring it’s vintage recipes & verve into contemporary kitchens. 

“‘Les diners de Gala’ is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste,” Dalí wrote in his cookbook.

If you are ‘one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment‘ the painter sternly admonished, just close the book and move on!

It’s no surprise that a whole chapter  entitled “The ‘I Eat GALA” is devoted to aphrodisiacs.

Dali is experiencing his enth resurgence in popularity. Creatives making art, food and fashion use his art as inspiration all the time. 

 

*From my content writing at Storia.me 2016-17