Dalí: Les Diners De Gala (Va) (英語) ハードカバー – 2016/11/20
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Gala dinner: Salvador Dalís surrealist cookbook
Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste 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
Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows: Sex and lobsters, collage and cannibalism, the meeting of a swan and a toothbrush on a pastry case. The opulent dinner parties thrown bySalvador Dalí (19041989) and his wife and muse, Gala (18941982) were the stuff of legend. Luckily for us, Dalí published a cookbook in 1973,Les diners de Gala, which reveals some of the sensual, imaginative, and exotic elements that made up their notorious gatherings.
This reprint features all 136 recipes over twelve chapters,specially illustrated by Dalí, and organized by meal courses, includingaphrodisiacs. The illustrations and recipes are accompanied by Dalís extravagant musings on subjects such as dinner conversation: The jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge.
All these rich recipes can be cooked at home, although some will require practiced skill and a well-stocked pantry. This is cuisine of the old school, with meals by leading French chefs from such stellar Paris restaurants asLasserre, La Tour dArgent, Maxims, and Le Train Bleu. Good taste, however voluptuous, never goes out of fashion. In making this exceptionally rare book available to a wide audience, TASCHEN bringsan artwork, a practical cookbook, and a multisensory adventure to todays kitchens.
"Salvador Dali's exotic and imaginative cookbook, filled with the stuff your dreams (or possibly your nightmares) are made of." "A mammoth tome whose lustrous gold cover hints at decadence to come." "A surrealist, sensory treat." "Surrealist fans and kooky cooks will enjoy TASCHEN's re-issue of Salvador Dali's 1973 cookbook, Les Diners de Gala. Illustrated with Dali's bizarre, erotic work and dinner spreads shot in garish 1970s tones, this is a legitimate cookbook..." "This is one for hedonists. It brims with Dali's sumptuous, often phallic, illustrations and wry photographs of the mustachioed painter at his famous dinner parties... It's unlike any other cookbook this year, or any other year, for that matter." "...a surrealist feast for the eyes, a kaleidoscope of weird, captivating, extraordinary, and mind-bending images, with recipes to match."
Illustrations consist of photographs of the dishes and table settings which are mostly ok and paintings and drawings by Dalí. Some I've seen before others not. There are also some photographs of menus. The book was printed in Italy and is very well illustrated. The reproductions are good, but the quality is not as good as the original, nor is the paper. One word of caution. The cover of the original was kind of metallic golden foil. This new edition is done in a shiny thick paper replicating the original gold cover. Both the new and the old cover are vulnerable to marking, scratching and damage. I would suggest if you're going to read the book, possibly slide it around a table or carry it around, to take the cover off while in use. Underneath the cover is cloth binding which features the painting "Autumnal Cannibalism" from 1936.
Last word by Dalí himself on the book:
“Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste … 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
Review by Walter O. Koenig
Arrived promptly and perfectly in tact.