136. That’s how many recipes you’ll find in Salvador Dali’s Dali, Les Diners de Gala – published by Taschen – and how many excuses you will no longer have to be unfamiliar with the surrealist artist and/or the ever-inspiring wonders of the Spanish flavours.

Though it might be a bit of a deja-vu to some: in fact, the oeuvre had been previously published by Dali and Gala themselves, when back in 1973 party-host enthusiast Gala (Dali’s wife and muse) was accustomed to host the most lavish dinner-parties alongside her husband.

Of it, Dali said: “Les diners de Gala is 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.” And faithful to his word his input is as such: savage, rich, voluptuous and opulently colourful.

12 chapters divided by meal courses, minus the bore of your usual cookbook ­– plus a dedicated Aphrodisiac section. Saucy.

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Dalí. Les dîners de Gala – Taschen

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Copyright: (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016

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Copyright: (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016

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Copyright: (c) Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016

Dalí. Les dîners de Gala – TASCHEN is out on Oct 3.

Words by Salomé Baudino