An original 1973 hardcover edition of Salvador Dali’s rare cookbook 'Les Diners De Gala'. The Spanish surrealist artist (1904-1989) was known for throwing opulent theatrical dinner parties. This art/cookbook is only for the strong of heart as it is filled with bizarre, grotesque, erotic & odd gastronomic art and delicacies. This rare book had only one printing in 1973 with around 400 copies. Published by Felicie, Inc., New York, an imprint run by Felicie Balay, a gallerist, artist manager, and acquaintance of Salvador Dalí. It was translated from French and released in the U.S. the same year.
This magnificent hardcover pairs 136 recipes with full-color illustrations, collages, photographs, and line drawings. The recipes include exotic dishes, eggs, and seafood, first courses, meats, snails and frogs, fish and shellfish, game and poultry, pork, vegetables, aphrodisiacs, and desserts.
The book’s tongue-in-cheek disclaimer '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.”
In good condition: The jacket is intact with some wear on the edges. Gold foil shows light scratches, small dents, and rubs. Light rub on top and bottom edges. Interior pages have yellow toning at the outer edges. No tears, stains, bends, missing pages. The binding is square and tight.
Size: 8-3/4 by 12-1/4 by 1-1/2”