“Les Diners de Gala”- Glamorous and Erotic Masterpiece
Having all the traits of genius, excessive, eccentric, ravenous, Salvador Dali was the pillar of Surrealism. This helped him to freely express and incorporate his ideas in painting, writing, illustrating, furniture designing, jewelry designing and even cooking. Salvador Dali’s cookbook and passion for food came into public in 1973 when he published “Les Diners de Gala”.
Salvador Dali’s cookbook, Les Diners De Gala, is the first and only cookbook written by the famous painter, Dali. It is thought that there are only 400 copies that remained of the original, mainly chased by collectors and with prices that can rock the ceilings.
Dali’s cookbook consists of 136 recipes divided into 12 chapters grouped by categories as follows: exotic dishes, eggs and sea food, first course, meats, snails and frogs, fish and shell fish, game and poultry, pork, vegetables, aphrodisiacs, desserts, hors-d’ oeuvre. The most interesting is tenth chapter which is dedicated to the aphrodisiacs. All of the recipes are written and pictured by Dali himself, hosting profoundly erotic illustrations.
Finally, after almost 40 years, the publisher Taschen decided to republish this precious Salvador Dali’s cookbook and make it being accessible to most of us, for more acceptable price of around $35. The cookbook is expected to be available to the public starting from 20 November.
The Dali’s approach to food and the pleasures that food awoke in him are clearly illustrated in the preface of the Salvador Dali’s cookbook.
“We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recopies, 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 to impertinent for you. “
Salvador Dali dinner parties
The Dali was well known for his hedonism and his love for food. His famous freakish dinner parties hosted by he and his wife were the most wanted event at that time, abundant with game and live animals, fancy and extravagant clothes and eccentric behavior.
Take a look into “Dizzy Dali Dinner”, a charity dinner event organized by Dali and in favor of European artists dislocated by World War II.