Home Cooking: Improvised Cookbook Holder

Our new kitchen is slightly bigger than the last one, but it's still short on precious counter space. This just means there are more opportunities to improvise!

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I was in the middle of a frittata and the book just didn't have room anywhere on the counter. Then I realized that the dish drainer was actually the perfect size, shape, and form to hold an open cookbook. One quick dry later and ta-da! Cookbook propped up perfectly.

That's just my kitchen - but it seemed to make the best of limited counter space and a sink that doesn't have room to leave the drainer inside. (It's still a great sink - very deep and wide - but has just a single well. No double sink for a drainer.)

How do you prop up your cookbooks? Do you have a safe space out of the way for them, or do you let them sit right next to the stove and splatters?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.