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Ivar's Seafood Cookbook
by Crew at Ivar's
Order:  USA  Can
Sasquatch Books, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If you have visited Seattle and not eaten at Ivar's, you have missed one of the mouthwatering culinary treats this northwest city proudly offers. Now, as the famed seafood restaurant celebrates its 75th anniversary, this first-ever cookbook presents not only some of the recipes that have made Ivar's a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike, but also some quirky stories about the eatery's illustrious history.

Salmon, crab, oysters, clams and halibut are just some of the seafood that Ivar's staff prepares for its patrons. You'll find quick and easy ways of preparing these tasty delicacies as well as mussels, trout and shrimp. Whether it is Dungeness Crab Cakes, Ivar's Famous Puget Sound White Clam Clowder, Griller Halibut Cheeks with Sherry Chutney, Blackened Lingcod with Onion Remoulade or Ivar's Famous Tartar Sauce, the recipes in this book will dazzle your family and friends.

For those who wish to top a memorable meal off with something equally delicious and mind boggling, try the Four-Berry Crisp, Pecan Praline Bread Pudding with Bourbon Crème Anglaise or the Stehekin Apple Cobbler.

Cartoons, vintage photos and fun facts accompany the recipes and make this a cookbook that is as entertaining as it is practical. You probably didn't know that if all the cups of clam chowder Ivar's sold in 2012 were stacked up, it would be the equivalent of 3,199 Space Needles high. That speaks volumes about how good the chowder is!

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