The Ivy Now

Part history and part recipe book, The Ivy Now celebrates the legendary London restaurant's centennial with 100 years of stories and 100 recipes. Fernando Peire, who joined the Ivy in 1990 and later became its director, is an entertaining historian, offering tales of the restaurant's rich history and enduring popularity. "Some people may be able to get a reservation easier than others, but once in the Ivy, everyone is equal," writes Peire. Sprinkled throughout are charming and funny anecdotes from many celebrity customers--including Dawn French, Sir Derek Jacobi, Simon Callow, Lady Antonia Fraser, Stephen Fry, Barry Humphries, James Corden and Alan Rickman.

More than half of the book consists of popular recipes by the Ivy's executive chef Gary Lee (paired with Jenny Zarins's mouth-watering photos) covering starters, classic main courses, salads and sides, vegetarian meals, desserts and cocktails. This is a beautifully designed cookbook and tribute to the century-old art deco British restaurant. --Kevin Howell, independent reviewer and marketing consultant

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