Saturday, August 27, 2016

My New Home of Books Part Two: Kitchen Bookshelf!

When we first saw the apartment that would become our new home, one of things I loved the most about it were the two sturdy bookshelves in the kitchen.

I never had nice bookshelves in my kitchen before and I loved the idea of having a beautiful, handy home for my collection of cookbooks. I assumed the sellers would take them and once our offer was accepted, started casting about for good bookshelves to replace them with.

Lucky me, the sellers decided to leave them!

When we moved in, the kitchen was the first room I unpacked; you have to have a place to cook, even in NYC where delivery is king and I know people who literally only use their ovens for storage. But I like to cook, sometimes anyway, and so I set about making my kitchen my kitchen.

When I got to the bookshelves, I piled the top shelf with cookware and some decorative things but left the bottom shelf for my cookbooks. I love it! It's so handy. Beneath it we have a pretty butcher block table made by my husband's grandfather, and together they make the perfect cooking nook. It's one of my favorite parts of my new home.

Do you have a bookshelf- or case- in your kitchen? What do you use it for? How do you organize your cookbooks? I'd love to know!


Judith said...

Our kitchen fortunately has loads of counter space. This summer I organized my cookbooks on a counter shelf. They had been languishing in a two-shelf bookcase, very low to the floor and constantly gathering gobs of dust.

This counter-top arrangement works so well! The cookbooks are so close to where I use my laptop prior to cooking dinner, that I'm constantly browsing through them seeking inspiration. I'm consequently using the cookbooks much, much more this summer. I'm very happy with the arrangement. I'm back into cooking as a major hobby--what fun!

Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

Space Station Mir said...

Your shelves are beautiful!

I do not currently have shelves in my kitchen, but like you, I have about one shelf's worth of cookbooks, so I lined them up with some bookends on the kitchen prep table (for now).