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Liz Pollock

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Liz Pollock
OccupationAuthor, Business Owner
EducationUniversity of California at Santa Cruz
Notable worksThe Lost Restaurants of Santa Cruz County[1], The Cook's Bookcase (owner)

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Liz Pollock is an American author and small business owner based out of Santa Cruz, California.


Liz Pollock is the author of The Lost Restaurants of Santa Cruz County[2] released in 2020 by The History Press as part of the American Pallate series. The book focuses on the history of Santa Cruz's culinary scene, including such establishments as Miramar Fish Grotto, Nature's Harvest, the Wild Thyme Café, the Saba Club, the Tea Cup, and Adolph's Family Restaurant, including stories and classic cocktail recipes.[3]

The Cook's Bookcase[edit]

The Cook’s Bookcase is an independent used bookstore specializing in Cookery, Wine, and the History of Gardening located in Santa Cruz, CA founded by Liz Pollock in 2007. The bookstore is open by appointment only and specializes in ephemera, including out-of-print and author-signed books related to cookery and wine.[4]

Pollock has collected rare cookbooks and vintage cooking ephemera from auctions, book fairs, library sales, private collections and her own personal travels over the last 30 years.[5]

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."[6]

The Cook's Bookcase has also been part of many events held by The Book Club of California,[7] including Julia Child: A Well-Thumbed Checklist of Books and Ephemera.[8]

"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.[9]

Personal Life[edit]

Liz is a member of The Book Club of California, IOBA - The Independent Online Booksellers Assoc., NCIBA - The Northern California Independent Booksellers Assoc., Slow Food USA, The Agricultural History Project, Pasadena Heritage, Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, and The James Beard Foundation.[10]

Liz and her family live in a restored California Craftsman Bungalow in Santa Cruz.[3]


  1. Remembering Lost Santa Cruz Restaurants by Wallace Baine at Good Times
  2. Pollock, Liz (2020). The Lost Restaurants of Santa Cruz County. Search this book on
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Lost restaurants of Santa Cruz County" Arcadia Publishing
  4. Seasoned Collector "Cookbook Alert" by Steve Wayne Yvaska, syndicated columnist, San Jose Mercury News, 4/15/2014
  5. “Edible Notables”, featured business review by Anina Marcus, reporter, in Edible Monterey, Winter 2013
  6. Ruth Reichl’s blog, 12/20/2013
  7. WAY OUT WEST: Fine Printing & the Cultural History of the Book in California, October 19th, 2012
  8. Julia Child: A Well-Thumbed Checklist of Books and Ephemera”, Feast for the Eyes Symposium, October 24th, 2014, The Book Club of California
  9. In the Kitchen with Dombey
  10. The Cook's Bookcase

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