The latest must-have cookbook is, surprisingly, a reissued collection of recipes by surrealist artist Salvador Dali. ‘Les diners de Gala’ was first published in 1973, with narration and illustrations by Dali, and the recipes gathered by him and his wife Gala.
Of course, the illustrations are suitably eccentric, with disembodied heads, lobsters, skulls, and melting clocks filling the pages alongside the recipes, which include ‘Frog Pasties,’ ‘Thousand Year Old Eggs’ and ‘Casanova Cocktail.’ These are divided into twelve sections, such as “Prime Lilliputian malaises” (meat), “Deoxyribonucleic Atavism” (vegetables), and a whole section on aphrodisiacs. The eccentric cookbook features some ingredients perhaps less commonly found, but it should be interesting to see the results the recipes produce.
Dali wrote in the introduction that the book “is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste,” and warned against those who are dieting: “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.”
A wonderfully bizarre combination of art and cookery, ‘Les diners de Gala’ is another example of Dali’s creative range and eccentricity as an artist, and will certainly be something unique in the cookbook section of the bookshop.