In 1973 Les Diners de Gala (Gala’s Diner) was published as a collaboration between Dali and a “secret” chef in collaboration with some of the top French restaurants of the time.
In true Dali fashion, Les Diner de Dali moves between ‘sado-masochistic pleasure’, ‘acute sybaritism’, religious ecstasy, and anaesthetic asceticism.
The book also contains morsels of information such as “I attribute capital esthetic and moral values to food in general, and to spinach in particular. The opposite of shapeless spinach, is armor. I love eating suits of arms, in fact, I love all shell fish… food that only a battle to peel makes it vulnerable to the conquest of our palate”
In conjunction with the release of the book Dali also produced a 12 lithographs that are a surrealist twist on some of his favourite meals. These works are a result of his experimentation with mixed media and are regarded as some of his more unique prints.
The book contains 136 recipes in 12 categories, the collection of recipes includes an entire chapter on aphrodisiacs, correct use of atteletes (meat jewellery) and sketches of limbless dwarves eating eggs.
Here’s his recipe for a little pick me up drink, the Casanova Cocktail
“This is quite appropriate when circumstances such as exhaustion, overwork or simple excess sobriety are calling for a pick-me-up. Here is a well-tested recipe to fit the bill. Let us stress the advantage of this particular pep-up concoction is that one doesn’t have to make a sour face that usually accompanies the absorption of a remedy”
The juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon bitters
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
4 tablespoons of brandy
2 tablespoons of old brandy (vieille cure)
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
At the bottom of a glass, combined the pepper and ginger.
Pour the bitters on top, then brandy and vielle cure.
Refrigerate, or even put in the freezer.
Thirty minutes later, remove from the freezer and stir in the juice of the orange into the glass.. Drink… and wait for the effect. It is rather speedy.