SIGNED BY SALVADOR DALI
Les Diners de Gala [The Dali Cookbook]
“Do not forget that, a woodcock ‘flambée’ in strong alcohol, served
in its own excrements, as is the custom in the best of Parisian
restaurants, will always remain for me in that serious art that is
gastronomy, the most delicate symbol of true civilization.”
“I attribute capital esthetic and moral values to food in general,
and to spinach in particular..."
EDITION IN ENGLISH, SIGNED BY DALI on front free endpaper.
"Les Diners de Gala, the opulent cookbook that [Dali] conceived
and illustrated, sets out a surrealist gastro-aesthetics that is at once
visceral and ascetic, Dionysian and Catholic... [It] showcases Dali's
ornamentation of menus from such legendary restaurants as Maxim's and La
Tour d'Argent and features the recipes of their chefs. Dali stages
himself within the sumptuous culinary mise-en-scene... Les
Diners de Dali moves between 'sado-masochistic pleasure', 'acute
sybaritism', Rabelaisian scatology, religious ecstasy, and anaesthetic
asceticism." (Richard Gough, On Cooking). With 136
recipes in 12 categories: exotic dishes; eggs & sea food; first course;
meats; snails & frogs; fish & shell fish; game & poultry; pork;
vegetables; aphrodisiacs; desserts; hors-d' oeuvre.
Translated by Captain J. Peter Moore. New York: Felicie, 1973. Quarto,
original cloth, original illustrated foil dust jacket. Embossed stamp
from Lenox Library on title page. Book near-fine with a little wear at
corners, dust jacket near-fine with a slight bit of general wear. A
beautiful and most interesting book, rare signed.