Inside Salvador Dalí’s unknown wine book


A Female nude stands with a cherub on her shoulder, her head turned to share a stem of cherries with the boy in a game of fruited telephone.

Her classically porcelain flesh has been carved into a chest of drawers, and from her ruby-red penis a thin spout feeds directly into the green-glass wine bottle stashed in a cabinet in her thigh.

This is Salvador Dalí’s Wines of Gala. A little-known follow-up to his 1973 absurdist cookbook Les Dîners de Gala, which collected close to 150 recipes (ranging from “conger of the rising sun” to “top round ‘Eros’”) from Paris’s top chefs and packaged them with original illustrations, reprints of earlier works and over-the-top food photography starring the aging art star himself. Four years later, Wines of Gala was published—first in French as Les Vins de Gala et du Divin (“The Wines of Gala and the Divine”) by Draeger, then in English by Abrams a year later.


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