I made my daughter and her friend pancakes from scratch recently, using a dilapidated copy of The Joy of Cooking. My grandmother bought it in the 1950s, and though pages often fall on the floor, I cook from that book as often as I can. Despite the endless recipe options the internet provides, one of my most prized possessions is that tattered cookbook. I mean, how else would I know how to dress roadkill or cook a squirrel during a zombie apocalypse? (Seriously, it’s in there.)
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.
The End of an Island
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.
Open shelving offers ease of access, while glass cabinet doors and in-cabinet lighting add a touch of traditional formality.
In a Kitchen Office Nook
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 more traditional kitchen benefits just as much from exposed cookbooks. Here they break up the expanse of cabinetry and give the space a friendly, welcoming feel.
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.
The Built-In Bookcase
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.