Return to Palm Springs in the 50's and 60's - with a Vintage Restaurant Menu!!

Order from the Poolside menu, or call for Room Service!  

Newly acquired are menus from the very best restaurants and finest hotels in Palm Springs:

the El Mirador, the Town and Country, the Silver Palm Room, the La Quintathe Riviera,

Dave Margolis' & Jack Dempsey's Howard Manor and Don the Beachcomber.

The Wine Lists are impressive for the period, reflecting the 

expectations of their famous clientele.  

And the delicatessen sandwiches as described are mouthwatering!  

Return to the original desert hideaway for Hollywood stars!  

Call for more information (831) 251-9218

Written by Liz Pollock — July 19, 2015

Festival del Nopal in Santa Cruz!

On July 26 we'll be going to the 6th annual Festival del Nopal in downtown Santa Cruz

for the amazing food, music and dancing!

From our collection of signed cookbooks: the great Diana Kennedy describes her technique for shaving the spines off nopales in her book "From My Mexican Kitchen, Techniques and Ingredients" (2003) which we currently offer a signed 1st edition copy on our website.  Call for more information (831) 251-9218

Written by Liz Pollock — July 16, 2015

France - Collectible Books & Ephemera on Gastronomy and Wine.

Bonjour!  This will be a collector's item and is an excellent reference for your collection!

(The 48pp. catalog is free, however there is a nominal s/h charge.)

 - All items offered are subject to prior sale.

- Any item may be returned if not satisfied; please let us know ASAP.

- Libraries may receive deferred billing, please inquire.

- California residents will be charged appropriate sales tax.

- Items will be sent USPS Media Mail unless requested otherwise.

- Please ask about International shipping charges.

- Feel free to call us anytime, (831) 251-9218. If not here, please

leave a message & we will return your call promptly.


Best Wishes for a Happy Summer!

Liz Pollock



Written by Liz Pollock — June 14, 2015

Start a conversation - The Photography of Modernist Cuisine.

A sure-fire way to start a conversation, this cocktail Folio size book of stupendous photographs by Nathan Myhrvold and the team at The Cooking Lab will take you on a visual journey of raw food and food being cooked "really close up."

I personally attended this exhibit in San Jose, CA and this book is a knock-out production!    The Photography of Modernist Cuisine.  By Nathan Myhrvold.  Bellevue, WA:  The Cooking Lab, 2013.  Heavy Folio size.  13.5" x 17".  300pp., with detailed description of the photographic process, list of contributors including Chris Hoover, Ryan Matthew Smith and Melissa Lehuta.  Color pictorial bds., color pictorial endpapers.

Call to order (831) 251-9218

Written by Liz Pollock — June 10, 2015

We’re going to celebrate Kentucky Derby Day with a Horse’s Neck cocktail!

Horse's Neck.  “Use a Tom Collins glass. Peel a lemon in one long string and place into the above glass with one end of the rind hanging over the side. Place 3 pieces of ice in the glass. Fill the glass with domestic or imported Ginger Ale and serve.”

(Cocktails)  Recipes.  St. Paul Bartenders Union Local 287.  St. Paul, MN:  N.d., (ca. 1930's). 12mo. 36pp., recipes, charts e.g. "Revenue Received From Sale of Spirituous Liquor", ads for Schenley Products such as Old Quaker Bourbon and imports such as Noilly Prat Vermouth and Dewar's White Label Scotch.  Green illustrated stapled wraps., illustration is of a Bartender smiling while shaking a cocktail shaker.  Tiny hole present through top portion for convenient string, some stains, covers rubbed, else Good.  Includes "Hints for Bartenders" being 10 rules for cleanliness, paying dues on time, proper dress attire of white shirt plus four-in-hand tie, etc.

To order this item, or call us (831) 251-9218

Written by Liz Pollock — May 02, 2015

Easter Dinner Menu Suggestions!

Happy Easter!  We offer many cookbooks with especially ambitious menus & elaborate descriptions of courses in sequence and detail.  For example:

A Book of Good Dinners For My Friend, or “What to Have for Dinner” by Fannie Merritt Farmer (published in 1914).  

Easter Dinner

Written by Liz Pollock — March 29, 2015

The Classic Bar Towel, made just for the Cook's Bookcase!

the Cook’s Bookcase now offers:

The Classic Bar Towel, made just for your kitchen!

100% cotton, commercial grade, 38” x 30”, white, hemmed, lint free,

a multi-purpose flour sack towel = launders well & will last forever.       Two for $18

Written by Liz Pollock — March 20, 2015

Chinese Lunar New Year, February 19, 2015! The Year of the Goat!

Some highlights from our collection of books relating to food in Chinese culture include books by the wonderful Martin Yan:

Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking.  200 Traditional Recipes from 11 Chinatowns Around the World. 2002, 1st ed., inscribed; as always his recipes are so well-researched, with an extensive list of ingredients, or Chinese Pantry.  Call to order (831) 251-9218 or visit

Written by Liz Pollock — February 17, 2015