Kitchen Keeping: How Do You Organize Your Cookbooks?

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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?

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