Tavern On The Green due to Reopen on April 24, 2014!

The Central Park destination Tavern On The Green is slated to reopen on April 24, 2014!  

Opening day brunch is sold out (naturally) but the Cook's Bookcase offers a vintage Summer Dinner 

Menu from the early 1980's!  Lots of memories!


Written by Liz Pollock — April 11, 2014

Spring Garden Ideas!

Spring Break is the time for pulling on garden gloves, grabbing rakes and collecting fresh ideas!

The book “Making a Garden of Small Fruits” by F. F. Rockwell, published in 1914, includes much information about planting raspberries, currants, gooseberries and pear trees.

Let our selection of rare and unique books help with your garden plans!

the Cook’s Bookcase has lots of books about the history of seeds, greenhouses, conditioning the soil and planning for the growing season… Plan a visit soon to lovely Santa Cruz!


Written by Liz Pollock — March 28, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Pictured is a still life from an Irish kitchen, showing a round of wheaten bread, soda farls (divided into fourths), scones, boxty pancakes (potato pancakes) as well as an old iron griddle and harnen stand (oatcake toaster) alongside the modern frying pan.  From our copy of “Talking About Cakes with an Irish and Scottish Accent,” by Margaret Bates.  A well-written cookbook with recipes for a variety of scones, caraway seed cake etc., with interesting background information and provenance.  Come browse our bookcases here in beautiful Santa Cruz!  (831) 251-9218

Written by Liz Pollock — March 16, 2014

Saint Joseph's Day Table - A Traditional Feast!

Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19) is celebrated as a form of devotion and is well known as a first-class annual feast brought to America by Sicilian immigrants. the Cook’s Bookcase has found an interesting book that describes the ritual in detail.

Old Ties, New Attachments, Italian-American Folklife in the West.  Edited by David A. Taylor. (1992.) The book contains many photographs of traditional Saint Joseph’s Tables “laden-with-food."


(Photo courtesy of Josephine Martellaro; the story of her altar and Saint Joseph's Table can also be found on the Library of Congress website.)

Written by Liz Pollock — March 09, 2014

Food, a subject for an art museum? What a wonderful show!

I just saw the current exhibit Around the Table: food, creativity, community at the San Jose Museum of Art and absolutely loved it!   From food trucks to molecular gastronomy, this is an exciting multi-media art show, showcasing the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley and offering new artistic approaches of growing, cooking, and eating our food. Through April 20, 2014.




Written by Liz Pollock — March 06, 2014

Sa Majesté Le Beurre!

Butter, there is no replacement for it!  Featured is a superb example of graphic illustration from the mid-1950’s.  The pamphlet is written in French and includes recipes for sauces and special pastries.  

Please browse our selection of collectible ephemera, photographs, letterheads, and bills of lading!  Own a piece of history!


Written by Liz Pollock — February 19, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I appreciate simple cooking tips; for instance in her icing for sugar cookies, Martha Stewart adds a few drops of lemon juice.

Her book Entertaining is a classic and includes a "Valentine's Day Dinner for Two,"

featuring heart-shaped sugar cookies for dessert.

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day from The Cook's Bookcase!

Written by Liz Pollock — February 10, 2014