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Salvador Dali Cookbook Set for Reissue. Calorie Counters Need Not Inquire.

The post Salvador Dali Cookbook Set for Reissue. Calorie Counters Need Not Inquire. appeared first on Christopher James Clark.

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Like all great artists, Salvador Dali was a lover of food. “When I was six years old, I wanted to be a cook,” Dali writes. Finally in 1973, when he was 69 years old, he published his cookbook, Dalí: Les Diners de Gala. The book has been a rare collector’s item for many years, but Taschen will be reissuing it this September.

It’s available for pre-order now.

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I’m looking forward to reading the book in depth, but what I’ve seen so far is more than intriguing. First, you must know that Dali loved food for food’s sake. He wasn’t interested in counting calories:

We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, Les Diners de Gala, with its precepts and its illustrations, is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste. Don’t look for dietetic formulas here.

We intend to ignore those charts and tables in which chemistry takes the place of gastronomy. 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.

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Next, you should know that Dali hated 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.

I attribute capital esthetic and moral values to food in general, and to spinach in particular. The opposite of shapeless spinach, is armor. I love eating suits of arms, in fact I love all shell fish… food that only a battle to peel makes it vulnerable to the conquest of our palate.

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Finally, Dali believed that philosophy comes through food:

The Jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge. Disgust is the ever present watchman of my table, sternly overseeing my meals obliging me to choose my food with caution.

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Well, Nutritional Grail is quite different from Les Diners de la Gala of Salvador Dali, but we’re definitely both on the “taste is essential” vibe and the “forget calorie counting” maxim.

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