Salvador Dali’s Surreal Cookbook is Being Reissued for the First Time in Over 40 Years
Salvador Dali’s surreal cookbook is being reissued for the first time in over 40 years and people from a very large variety of domains are flipping over. Foodies, eccentrics, artists, art lovers, collectors, book worms and gourmet chefs worldwide are interested in this unique book.
Did we say book? Or cookbook? Well, it’s certainly a lot more than that and by looking at some of the video footage describing a regular party at the Dali Residence, you’ll start to imagine what types of recipes one may find in here.
Perhaps many of you are wondering why Salvador Dalí would make a cookbook? The eccentric artist declared at age 6 that he wanted to become a chef, and thus this surreal cookbook was born. Firstly published in 1973, ‘Les Diners de Gala’ is a cookbook filled with surreal illustrations and recipes inspired by the ‘out of the ordinary’ lifestyle perpetuated by Dali and his wife Gala.
People attending these eccentric parties had to dress in costumes, each one weirder than the other. Wild animals roamed freely among guests and a large variety of foods was served, although most of them were not actually intended for eating.
Only 400 original publications of Salvador Dali’s cookbook are known to exist and Taschen is now reissuing this surreal work of art for the first time in over 40 years. The cookbook includes 136 recipes, divided into 12 chapters, and they are all arranged by courses, including aphrodisiacs. If you are interested in getting yours right now, the book is available on pre-order right here.
As the artist proclaims, “the jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge,” and he couldn’t have made this any clearer than by using his surreal illustrations. Dali also portrays the decadent aspects of cuisine and offers recipes for: “Thousand Year Old Eggs,” “Veal Cutlets Stuffed With Snails,” “Frog Pasties,” and “Toffee with Pine Cones” and more.
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, Dalí writes from the outset.
Dali’s artistic challenge was not limited to his canvas. He turned the people and the whole world around him into living works of art.