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Did You Know Salvador Dali Released A Surrealist Cookbook In 1973?

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Did You Know Salvador Dali Released A Surrealist Cookbook In 1973?

Celebrated as one of the greatest artistic geniuses of his generation, Salvador Dali and his taste for the surreal is still dazzling art lovers around the world.

As an artist, he produced countless artworks across a varieties of genres and mediums, known for his landmark oil works 'The Persistence Of Memory' 'Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening' and 'Swans Reflecting Elephants', he was also a master in sculpture, watercolours, inks, illustration, charcoals, photography and film.

But one thing he's not particularly revered for is being a chef.

Yet in between attending surrealist dinner parties with the Rothschild's or painting Alice In Wonderland he even found the time to annotated and illustrate a cookbook.

Released in 1973 and titled 'Les diners de Gala it is filled with dozens of Dali's paintings and erotic illustrations. It is as weird, wonderful and utterly absurd as you'd imagine - if not more so.

Before you begin, it opens with the following warning:

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. 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.

Split into 12 unique chapters, each is dedicated to specific types of dishes, from seafood which contains ingredients such as lobsters glazed in aspic, through to all manner of other-worldly and exotic courses. Far from being nonsensical, there's a considered and measured madness throughout.

One of the final chapters centres around aphrodisiacs and its there you'll find some of Dali's most twisted and perculier accompanying art in the book itself.

Recipes include 'Thousand Year Old Eggs', 'Crayfish Consommé' and the visual 'Conger Of The Rising Sun'. But before you start stocking up your kitchen with all manner of strange and exotic ingredients as suggested to you by Dali himself, its important to note that copies of are extremely limited.

Signed editions are now valued in the thousands, genuine collectors items out of the grasp of us mere mortals.

However, if you're exceptionally lucky and super quick, you might be able to get your hands a get your hands on a copy here - imagine some of the dinner parties you could create with it.

In the meantime, here's a peek inside to wet your tastebuds and confound the senses....

Would you like to try one of Dali's recipes?

Via Brain Pickings

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