Salvador Dalí did some wacky shit in his time, but the stunt he pulled in the winter of 1955 has to be among his best. He took his friend’s Rolls-Royce, filled it with 500kg of cauliflower and drove it from Spain to France. His explanation: “Everything ends up in the cauliflower.” Yeah, we don’t get it either. Anyway, the stunt turned out to be an early indicator of one of the artist’s great passions: food. In 1973, he even published Les Dîners de Gala, a cookbook of his favourite meals. The recipes include such delicacies as Conger of the Rising Sun (eel) and Thousand-Year-Old Egg. (One picture, demonstrating how to prepare a pheasant, shows the bird morphing into a deformed skull. Helpful.)
For the longest time, anyone game enough to try these recipes had to have good luck – and a healthy PayPall balance – on their side: only a few copies of the book were ever published, and second-hand copies, if you were lucky enough to find them, often went for a mint. Thankfully Taschen has recently reprinted Les Diners de Gala in all it's disgusting glory. Being a (very beautiful) Taschen publication, it's not exactly going for pocket change. But at around $75, the price is far from surreal.