When it comes to 2016, there were quite a few firsts. Avoiding the usual topics, there were some firsts that were a little less noted, but still equally important.
Jamie Oliver became the second biggest grossing non-fiction writer, only to be beaten by JK Rowling – a record we don’t see going away too soon. The Body Coach, Joe Wicks’ book sales sold faster than former kitchen queen, Delia Smith and is the biggest selling diet cookbook in UK publishing history.
From Deliciously Ella to Yottam Ottolenghi, Claus Meyer to Jancis Robinson, there has never been a better time for the food & drink industry in book publishing numbers.
Creative titles, stunning photography, hard bound and softbound varieties looking like an enchanted collection that you could handle over the years, cookbooks are more than just some literary leave me’s. They have a functional purpose and they look great on our shelves.
But when it comes to storing your cookbooks, do you integrate storage solutions into the kitchen or just leave it to chance in other areas of the homes? Here are some ideas.
Think of your living space
With more kitchens taking on the role of living spaces, dining rooms as well as living rooms being the key focus of kitchen design in recent years, we are seeing a shift from separation to integrated usage and storage areas.
The coffee table book is now the living area book. The cookbook therefore is also being looked at differently and this is why the photography on the covers and the typography matters more. More people can see what it is you’re reading and cooking.
From shelving to the tops of units
The traditional way of storing your cookbooks would be on shelving in your kitchen area, and if you didn’t have that space, then cupboards would be the next home. Then there is of course the dresser unit in another room, usually the dining area where you would store your cookbooks.
If there wasn’t any space, then you’d go out and buy shelving to store then not only your cookbooks but other coffee table books as well. We’ve all been there. We think of storage as secondary, that’s completely normal but nowadays there are things we can do.
Built in kitchen storage
When it comes to bringing together design and functionality, book storage is one of the better metaphors that can be used for looking at a kitchen overall.
“It’s about understanding where certain things have certain places within your living kitchen. You could box up areas of your kitchen but then you lose vital storage space, instead, use the areas of your kitchen to give a better feel for where you store items.”
Utilise all aspects of your kitchen
There should be no dead space in your kitchen area. If you have an island unit, you can open up space to incorporate your cookbooks and even pots and pans if you were into showing off your Le Creuset ranges.
Think about tall housing and how to throw in design and function aspects here. You could separate areas into functional living with appliances and then storage for your cookbooks. Either way, you aren’t limited.
Check out our Pinterest page for more cookbook storage ideas. Here are just a few from our boards that we thought captured cookbook storage at its best.