If you’ve never encountered canabalistic, erotically suggestive, hallucinatory imagery of the grotesque in a cookbook, then you have certainly never seen Les Diners de Gala (1973).
Though a cookbook might not be the first thing you would expect from the master of Surrealism, Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala indeed were gourmands and hosted extravagant dinner parties—perhaps more performance art than meal—including wandering exotic animals and wildly costumed celebrity guests.
So stunning is the visual stimulus—color photography and Dalí’s own artwork filling every page—that the recipes, and there are many of them, are almost lost in the dreamworld. It would not be unreasonable to wonder if they are even viable or simply bizarre contrivances from a fevered mind, but in fact they were contributed and developed by some of the finest Parisian restaustaurants of the day, including La Tour d’Argent, Lasserre, and Maxim’s. The recipes, while occasionally unusual, can be taken in all seriousness.
Published by friend of Dalí and gallery owner, Felice Balay, this large (9” x 12.5”) and handsome volume is a masterful production. We are thrilled to offer the first (and only) Felice printing in Very Good Plus condition, the book block and handsomely illustrated case clean and unmarked. The sturdy gold foil jacket is softening somewhat along the edges and shows moderate shelfwear and scuffing, now protected by a mylar sleeve.
It is commonly believed that only 400 copies of this original printing exist. We cannot confirm this detail, but we do know that this printing is a scarce and highly sought collector’s item.
Taschen produced a reprint in 2016, which is still available.