Stuck for ideas for Christmas dinner this year? Worry no more. Thanks to an unlikely new celebrity chef, fashionable dinners this festive season are likely to feature thousand-year-old eggs, conger eel of the rising sun and frog pasties (recipe below), all washed down with a cocktail of brandy, ginger and cayenne pepper. If that sounds a more surreal than your standard fare, you’re on the right culinary track. A rare and fantastical cookbook by the painter Salvador Dalí is being reissued for the first time in more than 40 years, and already looks set to be an unexpected Christmas bestseller.
- In the early 1970s surrealist icon Salvador Dalí published a lavish cookbook called Les Dîners de Gala. Decades later, the book is being republished for a new and much wider audience.
- “Les Diners De Gala” is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste. If you’re a disciple of one of those calorie counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once.
- On the menu that night, fish served in slippers and live frogs hopping from their plates. But to understand all these culinary ambitions, you have to go back to the very beginning.
“Dali said about his ambitions that when he was 6 years old, he wanted to be a cook.”