Monday, November 23, 2015
It's quicker and easier to create wonderful meals for holiday guests when you can easily access your cookbooks. Here's how to bring order to your collection:
- Gather all cookbooks from around house and sort into three piles or boxes: 1) use often; 2) rarely use, but keep; 3) donate.
- Having a hard time letting go? Remember, you can always find recipes online. If you rarely bake, give “101 Cake Decorating Ideas” to your pastry chef friend.
- Keeping a book for just for one or two recipes? Photocopy the pages and donate the cookbook.
- If kitchen space is limited, store “rarely use” cookbooks in the family room bookcase or on a mud room shelf. At worst, box up excess for the garage or basement. For easy “grab & go” later, store spines up, all facing the same direction, shortest to tallest.
- For “use often” cookbooks…unless you have TONS of counter space, avoid lining them up on the counter. If it’s a choice between keeping the heavy stand mixer on the counter…store cookbooks on the top of the refrigerator instead. Keep them neat with stylish bookends or colorful pottery.
- Install a wall-mounted shelf or two, or for a built-in look, remove doors from a small upper cabinet and use it for books instead.