Kitchen Keeping: How Do You Organize Your Cookbooks?

The discussion earlier this week on using the Cookbooker site got us thinking. Maybe part of the key to using our cookbooks more often is organizing them in a way that makes a particular title accessible and easy to find. What's your system for keeping cookbooks ordered?

I only keep a few cookbooks at my desk where I do most of my recipe research and meal planning: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, along with Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking. I use these more for reference than finding actual recipes, but I pull them out almost daily.

The rest of my cookbook collection is still suffering from a big cross-country move and is currently spread throughout the house in various states of disorganization!

I'm thinking that the first order of business is to bring all my cookbooks together in a place where I see them. I think that if I actually saw them more often as I go about my day, I'll be more likely to pick them up, flip through them, and find a recipe to make.

The second order of business is to organize them in a way that makes sense. For me, that's by category. I might alphabetize them within each category, but I want all my books on desserts, on bread baking, on healthy cooking, and so on to be grouped together for easy cross-referencing.

Well, I know what I'll be doing this weekend!

Do you have another system for cookbook organizing that works for you?

Related: Kitchen Contemplation: How Many Cookbooks is Too Many Cookbooks?

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