Once upon a time we were suppose to have open shelves on our kitchen island for cookbooks. It was one of the things I was really excited for. When we went to order, we were told it would take 8 additional weeks and cost $$$ for the custom shelf we wanted. The company we ordered our cabinets does do open shelves but they looked like something that would have been in my Grandma’s 70’s era house.
I wanted this
When that wasn’t possible, I had to come up with a different option for the cookbooks. We looked everywhere and eventually purchased this white metal shelf from Ikea.
We bought a few cardboard storage boxes where we keep our table linens. Just above the linens are some of our cookbooks.
We used most of these pretty often. I really like the Instant Cook by Donna Hay (aka the Australian Martha).
We haven’t used the Mark Bittman cookbook as much as we should, but we’ll get there. If you like history and are interest in Georgian food (from the country not the state), you should check out A Georgian Feast. Also, the Sopapilla and tamale recipes in the Rancho de Chimayo cookbook are to die for. On top of the cookbooks is the digital frame I got at the bridal shower which we had for a year and a half before using. For Christmas, Micah bought an SD card and loaded our vacation and wedding pictures onto it for me. It was my favorite Christmas present.
On the top shelf we put together an assortment of white accessories we already had. We got the tall vase from Micah’s brother and sister-in-law as a housewarming present. The little white dish is something I made in pottery class a few years back and it’s filled with the “flowers” our flower girl tossed during the wedding. The yellow bowl/dome was the custom made flower girl basket made by Up in the Air Somewhere. When we ordered the basket, we knew we were going to use it after the wedding. It holds our memory corks. When we commemorate an event with a bottle of something special, we note the event and date on the cork and save it.
We spent Easter last year at a cabin in the Redwoods. It was perfect. I forgot all about that cabin until I found this cork.
This wasn’t my plan for cookbook storage but I think it turned out OK. We have space on the ledge behind the shelf that has room for more shelves. We may be housing a few cookbooks for some friends so I can see that ledge getting filled soon.
Where do you store your cookbooks?