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Sex, Lobsters and Surrealism, or How Salvador Dalí Does Dinner Parties

Dalí’s Weird and Wonderful Cookbook Is Reborn

By Kevin Gray ·
None 9 Photos Les Diners de Gala
Maybe you’ve got a Salvador Dalí painting on your wall. Or perhaps it’s a coffee-table book in your living room, ready to entertain guests with some surrealist paintings of clocks melting in the sun.

But you probably don’t have Dalí’s cookbook, Les Diners de Gala, which was released in limited circulation back in 1973. That’s okay. Go ahead and keep on not having that, because Taschen is reprinting the original in all its weird and sensual glory. You can order it now, and it’ll begin shipping later this month.

Turns out, Dalí and his wife were quite the party hosts, often throwing elaborate dinners for their friends. And being the sharing type, he put some of their favorite recipes into a book, along with the eye-catching illustrations he’s known for. Hence that stack of lobsters atop disembodied heads. And other things too bizarre for words.

The hardcover book is 320 pages chock-full of recipes, illustrations and musings by Dalí, like: “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.” You’ve been warned.

The 136 recipes are organized by meal course, including aphrodisiacs, naturally. And recipes range from the fairly pedestrian, like Roast Side of Beef and Vegetables, to more unusual fare, like Toffee with Pine Cones and Bush of Crayfish with Viking Herbs.

For that last one, don’t forget to spike the broth with cognac.

Everyone always forgets the cognac.
Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray lives in Texas. He likes whiskey, weekends and hammocks, often at the same time.

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