Most people who love the work of Salvador Dali appreciate his odd and almost irrational take on the world that was around him. His work is original, strange, surreal, scary, seductive, and so much more. But did you know that as a boy, Dali wanted to be a chef? Published only once in 1973, Les Diners de Gala was a dream fulfilled for Salvador Dali who claimed at the age of 6 that he wanted to be a chef.
Despite the unusual ingredients and preparation methods, many of the old school recipes in Les Diners de Gala originated in some of the top restaurants in Paris at the time including Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Train Bleu.
But let’s get something straight. What you’re going to see in a cookbook that is illustrated by Salvador Dali is most certainly not your ordinary cookbook. In fact it looks just about exactly what you’d expect from him. In fact there’s even a “warning” of sorts at the beginning of the book that reads:
We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, 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 too impertinent for you.
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