Salvador Dalí Will Teach You How to Host a Surrealist Dinner Party
Dalí's cookbook can now be yours.
When he was 69 years old, Salvador Dalí published a book.
Of course, because he was Salvador Dalí, this was not just any book. It was a cookbook—a cookbook unlike any before (or after, for that matter).
“Les Diners de Gala,” named after the artist’s longtime muse and wife, Gala, features 136 recipes and musings about the couple’s advice for hosting a successful dinner.
Dalí and Gala were well known for their elaborate and extravagant dinner parties. Guests came in costume and lions and monkeys paraded about while Gala presided over the evening from a red velvet bed.
Those interested in recreating the surrealist dinner parties will find all they need to know in a reproduction of Dalí’s rare book, out later this month. Alongside recipes from revered restaurants like Maxim’s and Lasserre, Dalí included instructions for “thousand year old eggs” and “frog pasties.”
The recipes are split up into 12 chapters by meal course, including one for aphrodisiacs.
“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,” Salvador Dalí wrote in the book’s introduction.
The pages are filled with quintessential Dalí collages and paintings. Next to a recipe for “toffee with pine cones,” there’s an illustration of a jester in a slingshot slicing a naked woman’s head off with its rolling prosthetic leg. There are also images of a fish in a coffin, poultry with bugs on it and eggs being fried in the style of The Persistence of Memory.
Dalí was an artist whose personal branding was unmistakable, long before personal branding was a touted thing. Perhaps his cookbook is the closest thing to a surrealist Goop that the world will ever see.
“Les Diners de Gala” is available to pre-order for $35.99. The 320-page reproduction will be available later this month.