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SAL­VADOR DALÍ’S SUMP­TU­OUS COOK­BOOK SEES A REPRINT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1973.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / AUGUST DEPARTMENTS - By Man­ica C. Tiglao

Sal­vador Dali’s deca­dent Les Din­ers de Gala is re­pub­lished.

“each morn­ing when i awake, i ex­pe­ri­ence again a supreme plea­sure—that of be­ing Sal­vador dalí,” Sal­vador dalí fa­mously said. There’s no deny­ing that the Span­ish artist knew how to live life to the fullest. At the very least, he and his wife, Gala, cer­tainly knew how to throw a din­ner party, if leg­end is to be be­lieved. Sto­ries tell of lav­ishly dec­o­rated ta­bles filled with food pre­pared by the finest chefs, and wild an­i­mals set free in the din­ing room, in­clud­ing dalí’s con­stant com­pan­ion, his pet ocelot Babou. Orig­i­nally printed in 1973, dalí’s Les Din­ers de Gala has been re­pub­lished by Taschen for the first time, bring­ing back to life the fan­tas­ti­cal af­fairs at the dalí res­i­dence with Sur­re­al­ist il­lus­tra­tions that range from the ec­cen­tric to the bizarrely beau­ti­ful. recipes ac­com­pany the il­lus­tra­tions, but con­sid­er­ing this is dalí’s work, ex­pect to find lob­ster, meat, and pas­tries trans­formed into ren­di­tions un­like any­thing you’ve seen be­fore. As dalí writes in his vol­ume’s in­tro­duc­tion, “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.” to or­der at na­tional book store.

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