Lobsters Aren’t Just for Dresses

The opulent dinner parties thrown by Salvador Dalí and his wife and muse, Gala, were the stuff of legend. Luckily for us, the surrealist artist published a cookbook in 1973, Les Diners de Gala (Gala’s Dinner), which recreates some of the more imaginative and exotic elements served up at these gatherings.


A new reprint (Taschen) features all 136 recipes — including aphrodisiacs — of the original cookbook,  reflecting the finest cuisine by leading French chefs of the day, from Paris restaurants such as Maxim’s, Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, and Le Train Bleu.

Naturally, the book includes extravagant illustrations and commentary by Dalí himself. “Les Diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste,” he writes. “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.”

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