Should I Store My Cookbooks in the Kitchen?

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Q: I have been wanting to move my cookbooks into my kitchen on a couple of shelves for better access, but my husband thinks that they are going to get that icky cooking grease film on them. We don't have an extractor fan (it's a rental) but the books would be on a different wall about six feet from the stove. 

I've considered a closed cabinet, but shelves are really what I've got my heart set on. I am wondering if any other Kitchn readers have had problems with things on open shelves that aren't used everyday getting greasy.

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Editor: Readers, what do you think? Do you find that items stored on open shelves away from the stove still become greasy?

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