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Salvador Dalí’s Rare, Erotic Vintage Cookbook

dali_lesdinersdegalaSalvador Dali fans, Brain Pickings features your hero’s cookbook, and quite a feast it is:

“When I was six years old,” Salvador Dalí once professed, “I wanted to be a cook.” But it wasn’t until his late sixties that he channeled his childhood fantasy into Les Diners de Gala — a lavishly illustrated cookbook, originally published in 1973 and featuring Dalí’s intensely erotic etchings and paintings. The twelve chapters each cover a specific class of dishes — from exotic courses to fish and shellfish to vegetables — rendered with a surrealist twist both gastronomically and aesthetically, but nowhere more so than in the tenth chapter, dedicated to aphrodisiacs.

Prefacing the recipes is Dalí’s unambiguous cautionary disclaimer, penned at the dawn of the first major dieting era of popular culture:

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.

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Pot Pie, Redefined? Chefs Start to Experiment With Cannabis

The era of creative cooking with marijuana is upon us according to the New York Times:

BOULDER, Colo. — Recreational marijuana is both illegal and controversial in most of the country, and its relationship to food does not rise much above a joke about brownies or a stoner chef’s late-night pork belly poutine.

But cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit.


Making canna butter. Credit: Realclark.

In Colorado, which has issued more than 160 edible marijuana licenses, skilled line cooks are leaving respected restaurants to take more lucrative jobs infusing cannabis into food and drinks. In Washington, one of four states that allow recreational marijuana sales, a large cannabis bakery dedicated to affluent customers with good palates will soon open in Seattle.

Major New York publishing houses and noted cookbook authors are pondering marijuana projects, and chefs on both coasts and in food-forward countries like Denmark have been staging underground meals with modern twists like compressed watermelon, smoked cheese and marijuana-oil vinaigrette.

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Your Guide to Eating Brains, Balls and Eyeballs

Pic: Gunawan Kartapranata (CC)

Pic: Gunawan Kartapranata (CC)

I am un chien… Andalusia!


Like “awful” with an “o,” offal refers to the nasty bits we normally consider inedible. Recently, the ever-experimental American foodie culture started digging around for organs with top restaurants featuring hearts, livers and kidneys on their menus. But we’re not here to talk about steamed gallbladders served with roasted beets and beurre blanc. That’s pussy sh*t. We boiled it down to the barf-inducing basics: brains, balls and eyes. Let’s get started.

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Criminal Charges For Tokyo Artist Who Cooked And Served His Own Genitals

Is Mao Sugiyama a man ahead of his time? His mind-bending artistic/culinary/surgical endeavor, intended to raise awareness of asexuality, seems to have been done in an entirely ethical manner, but he now faces persecution from authorities. Japan Daily Press reports:

It’s been three and a half months now since 23 year old Mao Sugiyama cooked and served his own genitals to diners in Tokyo, but the “chef” is finally facing criminal charges. Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department has said that Sugiyama and three others who organized the event are looking at allegations of indecent exposure.

After undergoing voluntary surgery in order to fulfill his desire of becoming asexual, the young illustrator then offered to cook and serve his severed organs to five of the high-paying bidders. Sugiyama cook[ed] his penis, scrotum, and testicles to five diners for roughly $250 each.

Sugiyama…says that it was part of an effort to raise awareness about asexual people and others of sexual minorities.

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Used Cooking Oil: A Hot Property Black Market Item

Spent Cooking Oil BinNatt Garun writes in Gizmodo:
People resort to the black market for all sorts of stolen goods: cellphones, watches, cars, babies. But used cooking oil? According to the Washington Post, that's a thing too. Thieves are now moving into the green market by stealing used cooking oil from the back of restaurants. They sell the sludge to recyclers, who then process it into biodiesel. The oil can go for as much as $4 per gallon on the down low. Since this is a pretty new criminal enterprise, police aren't entirely sure what to do with the perps — or how to stop the theft from happening. In some states it's a misdemeanor. Meanwhile in Virginia, two men caught greaselifting were charged with grand larceny. Serves you right for those sticky, err, slippery fingers.
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Arrest For Pakistani Brothers Who Made Curry From Corpses

s-CANNIBAL-CURRY-large300Ever acquire a habit and get totally carried away? For years a pair of brothers dug up fresh graves in search of corpses to make into curry dishes, after the cuisine “became an addiction.” Via Guardian:

Police in Pakistan have arrested two men for allegedly digging up a newly buried corpse and eating its flesh in a curry.

The two brothers are said to have cut the legs from the body of a 24-year-old woman and cooked the flesh in a steel pot. Some of the gruesome dish had already been eaten when police raided the brothers’ home in a remote part of Punjab province.

A senior police officer, Malik Abdul Rehman, told the Guardian the brothers had been eating corpses for at least a year, but some local media reports alleged that they had been human flesh eaters for a decade.

Rehman said that the brothers, Muhammad Arif, 40, and Farman Ali, 37, seemed to have taken up cannibalism as an act of “revenge” after their mother died and their wives left them.

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