The Cook's Bookcase

The Cook's Bookcase
Industry Specialty Retail
Founded 2007
Headquarters Santa Cruz, CA
Products Used and Rare Books and Ephemera on Cookery, Wine and Gardening
Owner Liz Pollock

The Cook’s Bookcase is an independent used bookstore specializing in Cookery, Wine, and the History of Gardening, located in Santa Cruz, CA.[1]


The Cook’s Bookcase was founded by Liz Pollock in 2007.[2] The bookstore is open by appointment only, specializing in ephemera, out-of-print and signed books related to cooking, wine, and gardening.[3]

The Cook's Bookcase offers rare cookbooks as well vintage cooking ephemera that Pollock accumulates from auctions, book fairs, libraries, private collections, and her own travels, spanning over the past 30 years.[4]

Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, and food critic for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times gave a glowing review of The Cook's Bookcase, stating "I appreciate the quirkiness of the collection. And, I might add, the fairness of the prices."[5]

The Cook's Bookcase has also been part of many events held by The Book Club of California,[6] including Julia Child: A Well-Thumbed Checklist of Books and Ephemera.[7]

"In 2016, The Cook's Bookcase took part in the Dickens Universe 2016 Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz, with a lecture about Victorian Kitchens, titled In the Kitchen with Dombey.[8]


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