Wednesday, 5 October 2016

If You Like The Artwork Of Salvador Dali,

and enjoy food, 

 here is some good news, published only once in 1973, Les Diners de Gala is being reprinted, it was the artists dream to become a chef fulfilled, the cookbook features 136 recipes over 12 chapters,

 recipes include such delicacies as ‘Thousand Year Old Eggs’, ‘Veal Cutlets Stuffed With Snails’, ‘Frog Pasties’, and ‘Toffee with Pine Cones’,

 I liked the warning at the beginning of the book and I quote,

‘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.’

I also liked this quote from the book,

'I only like to eat what has a clear and intelligible form. If I hate that detestable degrading vegetable called spinach it is because it is shapeless, like Liberty.'

I also hate spinach despite the best efforts of Popeye,

only around 400 copies of Les Diners de Gala are known to survive, however Taschen has finally made this rare book available for the first time in 43 years as a new reprint is currently available for pre-order and no I am not on commission, I just happen to like Dali’s work.

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