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By Anna del Gaizo

Food is one of life’s greatest simultaneous pleasures and necessities. It’s no surprise Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist painter best known for depicting themes of dreams, death and religion in a hyper-realistic style, preferred to focus on the enjoyment component. In 1973, he published a cookbook entitled Les Dîners de Gala, featuring 136 recipes divided into 12 chapters. Equally unsurprising, it resembles no cookbook you’ve come across before, and more notably, it serves as a porthole into the epic dinner parties thrown by him and his wife and muse, Gala.

Now Taschen has re-released the original in hardcover form, illustrated by the artist (think a swan and toothbrush atop a pastry case and lobsters piled over disembodied heads) and divided into the courses the couple used to serve, aphrodisiacs among them. Highlights include Dalí’s musings and proclamations on topics like dinner conversation: “The jaw is the best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge.” That could very well be so! (It also sounds like a line a pretentious horndog would use as a blowjob ploy on a fellow faux intellectual, but that’s neither here nor there.) He also warns readers, so as to weed out the ones who can’t appreciate true indulgence, “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.”

Available at Taschen for $60.

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