Though the tablet has replaced hardcover cookbooks in countless kitchens worldwide, there are still legions of cooks who prefer the dog-eared, ingredient-splattered pages of their go-to favorites. Here are clever ways to keep your beloved cookbooks and family recipes close and well organized.
An end-of-island bookshelf is a common kitchen feature that, for normal-size books, adds less than a foot of depth to the overall design. For most people, two or three shelves provide enough space for their frequently consulted favorites.
A lot of people incorporate an office area into their kitchen as a way to maximize space. Putting in cookbook storage and display shelves connects these nooks with the kitchen while keeping things under control.
Cookbooks also add a dash of warmth and soul to kitchens, offering a way to accessorize with something useful.
A little work surface coupled with a few rows of cookbooks invites you to sit down, peruse the pages and inspire you to re-create the delicious meals.
I love a good niche. Not quite a full shelf and definitely not a cabinet, a kitchen niche is a handy place to keep go-to cookbooks for easy access. Niches make the most of your kitchen footprint without compromising too much larger storage space.
An opening that’s 12 inches high by 10 inches wide can hold plenty of useful reference books, which you can rotate in and out depending on your mood (or cooking prowess).
Vertical storage to cap off a bank of cabinets gives you ample display space for books. Saving a shelf or two for family photos, vintage tea sets or travel mementos is a beautiful way to incorporate personality and practicality.
For kitchens with ample storage, giving up a closed cabinet in lieu of open shelving creates a home for well-loved cookbooks.
Keeping your cookbooks organized by food type makes it easier to grab what you’re looking for, while grouping them by color can make for an arresting display.
Regardless of the size of your kitchen or how many cookbooks you own, there’s a storage solution to meet your needs.