February 25, 2013
The cookbook collection is as essential a part of any home as hardwood flooring. In fact, your cookbook collection shares quite a bit in common with your hardwood floors. Both are cherished and beloved. Both have survived more than their share of spills, splatter and general kitchen accidents. And both fit into a variety of different spaces seamlessly. In fact, cookbooks have a particular versatility matched almost exclusively by hardwood flooring in the vein of Anderson Floor's Hermosa Plank collection. These engineered boards look great in any space, from the kitchen to the study. And a cookbook library has the same reach: part aesthetic, part functional, they exist somewhere between art object and kitchen appliance!
But where do you keep your cookbook collection? Different folks have their own method for storing these essential volumes, but consider these three rooms and how a cookbook library might fit into each.
This might seem like the obviously preferable locale for a cookbook collection, until you realize how many other things you've got to store in a kitchen, from pots and pans to dishes, glassware and cutlery! If yours is suffering from a lack of free space, you'll definitely want to think of relocating those heavy tomes elsewhere.
Like most people, the brunt of your books are probably kept in the study. This mini library is home to all your favorite works of fiction, biography, essays and everything else under the sun - so why not your cookbooks as well?
One way to keep your cookbooks a bit closer to the kitchen might be to store them on shelving in the hallway of your home closest to the room in question. While hallways tend to be short on shelf space, it might offer a happy medium for individuals with a collection they'd like to show off.
Of course, there's also the obvious option. Just as you let your hardwood floors spread throughout the home, from room to room, why not let your cookbooks do the same? Let your well-thumbed favorites sit on a kitchen shelf beside your crockery, while a few more volumes sit under the encyclopedias in the study and the most artful and beautiful of your collection are on display on a hallway table.
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