Salvador Dalí is best known for his surrealist paintings like The Persistence of Memory. But the Spanish artist was also an accomplished sculptor, set designer, photographer and cook. In fact, he and his wife Gala used to throw dinner parties featuring spreads that blended Dalí's outlandish artistic vision with food. And you can too.
Earlier this year, Taschen Books republished Dalí's cookbook called Les Diners de Gala. The recipes include straightforward entrees like roast side of beef with vegetables. But there are also elaborate arrangements like the towering "bush of poached crayfish," which is guaranteed to leave an impression on the eyes as well as the palates of your guests.
The reprint includes all 136 original recipes organized into chapters based on meal courses. It also contains prints of Dalí's illustrations for "Les Diners," which you may want to avoid looking at before eating as the images of grotesque beats and mutilated bodies could turn your stomach.
The recipes aren't for the faint of heart either.
“'Les diners de Gala' is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste," Dalí warned readers. "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.”
So take a look at this sneakpeak to see if you can handle these dishes.