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© Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016
Salvador Dalí and his wife-muse Gala were famous for their wild, wonderful dinner parties. Gala was quite the cook and Dalí the epicure and, in 1973, the Surrealist published a cookbook called Dalí: Les Diners de Gala. True to his heady, provocative paintings, the cookbook — featuring 136 recipes from Paris’ greatest restaurants like Maxim’s, and illustrated by Dalí himself — was about as sensual as it gets, even a seemingly easy-to-make side of roast beef and vegetables. In his own words, Dalí described it as “uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste… 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.” Just in time for the holidays, Taschen is reissuing the cookbook, a food- and art-lovers dream.

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