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You Could Own Salvador Dalí’s Erotic Cookbook for $375

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The absurdist, mustachioed artist–who once filled a Rolls-Royce with cauliflower and drove it to a lecture–created an erotic cookbook in 1973, and it’s everything you hoped a Salvador Dalí cookbook would be.

Titled Les Diners de Gala, the book is prefaced with the following remark: “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.” That alone should give you an idea of the wonder that lies within.

The illustrated 136-recipe book, complete with 12 lone-standing lithographs, contains overtly sexual drawings and chapters that range from “the cannibalism of autumn” to “the sputnik polished with statistical maggots” and “the sodomized between courses.”

[Brain Pickings](http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/04/29/salvador-dali-les-diners-de-galacookbook/)

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Although purchasing Dalí’s culinary tome may not be the most practical buy–most of the recipes call for exotic ingredients such as conger eel and caul–the book does contain musings that are worthwhile for their entertainment value alone. One gem: Dalí’s feelings about spinach.

“I only like to eat what has a clear and intelligible form. If I hate that detestable degrading vegetable called spinach it is because it is shapeless, like Liberty.”

Somewhere, some precocious 10-year-old is quoting this to his mother in the vain hope of avoiding his vegetables tonight.

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Brain Pickings

Dalí may have been picky about certain foods, but the man sure seemed to know how to enjoy a meal. Here is one of his book’s tamer recipes, complete with delightful commentary:

CASANOVA COCKTAIL

• The juice of 1 orange
• 1 tablespoon bitters (Campari)
• 1 teaspoon ginger
• 4 tablespoons brandy
• 2 tablespoons old brandy (Vielle Cure)
• 1 pinch Cayenne pepper

“This is quite appropriate when circumstances such as exhaustion, overwork or simply excess of sobriety are calling for a pick-me-up. Here is a well-tested recipe to fit the bill. Let us stress another advantage of this particular pep-up concoction is that one doesn’t have to make the sour face that usually accompanies the absorption of a remedy.

At the bottom of a glass, combine 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 the juice of the orange into the chilled glass.

Drink… and wait for the effect.
It is rather speedy.”

You can purchase this masterpiece on Amazon–for a pretty penny–here.

H/T Brain Pickings

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