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Suggestions for cookbook holder...?

EclecticEater Dec 3, 2007 10:27 AM

Most of the acrylic cookbook holders seem to be between 9 and 11", not nearly high enough to cover a large cookbook and protect it from flying gravy, whipped whirling cream or bubbling tomato sauces. And a lot of those upright holders are too narrow for a really thick cookbook. Has anyone got an ideas or suggestions about what I might buy,.and where to buy it, that would allow myself and my wife to place a cookbook on the counter so we could cook up a storm?

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  1. floretbroccoli RE: EclecticEater Dec 3, 2007 06:31 PM

    Years ago I had the BEST acrylic cookbook holder. It had a very wide strip of magnet on the back so you could stick it on your refrigerator.

    It was great for kitchens like mine, with little counter space. One day, though, it cracked, and I've never been able to find another. It's as though it was a mirage.

    I'm sure that's no help at all. Sorry.

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      hummingbird RE: EclecticEater Dec 3, 2007 06:52 PM

      I remember ATK doing some comparing on a show I saw somewhat recently, but a quick search on their site said it wasn't being manufactured anymore - that was dated 01/07.

      It was from Norpro.
      Here's a site that might help:

      I you googgle cookbook holder there are a few hits for ATK, if yu find something that you need more info on ATK just post and I'll go check it out for you as I am registered there.

      1. mnosyne RE: EclecticEater Dec 3, 2007 10:31 PM

        I've given up on cookbook holders! Now I make copies of the pages I'm going to use and slip them in a mylar sheet holder. I can make notes on post-its and stick them on the recipes; and I can carry the recipe around the kitchen with me when I'm moving from place to place. It's washable and light.

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          yayadave RE: mnosyne Dec 4, 2007 04:59 AM

          Another approach if you're going to make copies is to put a couple of dots of Poster Putty on the recipes and stick them on the cabinet door at eye level. Get the stuff at the office supply store. It only takes a couple of little dots, so 2oz will last about 12 years.

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            MMRuth RE: yayadave Dec 4, 2007 05:00 AM

            I tape mine up with masking tape ...

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              Gio RE: MMRuth Dec 4, 2007 05:04 AM

              I do a combination of both:
              Slip the print-out into an acrylic sleeve,
              Tape it up with masking tape.

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                yayadave RE: Gio Dec 4, 2007 06:49 AM

                I like this Poster Putty stuff because it manages to be strong enough to hold up post cards, pictures, or recipes but it is no problem to get off.

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                  Gio RE: yayadave Dec 4, 2007 07:00 AM

                  I'll have to try it then, on your recommendation!

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                    yayadave RE: Gio Dec 4, 2007 07:50 AM

                    When folks are thoughtful enough to send us postcards of their travels, it's fun to just put up a gallery on the cupboard door.

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                jzerocsk RE: MMRuth Dec 4, 2007 08:30 AM

                I stick mine on the range hood with magnets.

                As for a cookbook holder, I've got one of these: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                It's a bit of a space hog, but it works well.

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                  yayadave RE: jzerocsk Dec 4, 2007 09:12 AM

                  I like that magnets idea. I just checked and I have a micro-wave above the stove and the whole front is plastic. No work.

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                    Maroya RE: jzerocsk Dec 4, 2007 12:52 PM

                    Hi jzerocsk, does it work for any size books? I know most do not work so well on larger cookbooks?

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                      jzerocsk RE: Maroya Dec 5, 2007 06:45 AM

                      It's got a pretty deep "well." I think it will work with some fairly large books.

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                        Maroya RE: jzerocsk Dec 7, 2007 03:29 PM

                        Ok thx, I am going to try and get there next week to look at it @ WS

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                          Maroya RE: jzerocsk Dec 21, 2007 08:21 AM

                          I went to Williams Sonoma and got the cookbook holder I think it will be perfect for my friend! Thx again for the suggestion!

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                    Mother of four RE: yayadave Dec 21, 2007 02:39 PM

                    I love that idea! I have a magnet with a clip and put it on anything that is steel, but your idea seems better! Send it in to Fine Cooking, you might win something for the hint of the month!! This is to mnosyne!

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                  foodwich RE: EclecticEater Dec 4, 2007 01:31 PM

                  after years of resisting i finally invested in a cookbook holder. its acrylic and wood. holds the page well and is large enough for the big books. found it at crate and barrel. acc to me it works well.

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                    Velda Mae RE: EclecticEater Dec 4, 2007 01:49 PM

                    I like the hinged cookbook holder that's available at the Container Store. It can be viewed at http://www.containerstore.com/browse/... but you'll see from the picture online that it doesn't do a great job of fully covering large cookbooks. The nice part about it is that the slots in the wood base make it adjustable to properly hold either fat or skinny books. I use a binder clip to hold single pages in place or to anchor a chunk of fat books.

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                      MMRuth RE: Velda Mae Dec 4, 2007 02:55 PM

                      I have that one and it generally works quite well - but I have so little counter space now, and am usually working on more than one recipe at a time, so the photocopy and tape method is now my friend!

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                        yayadave RE: MMRuth Dec 4, 2007 03:44 PM

                        It just always seems that no matter where I put the cook book, it's the wrong place. It's either in the way of where I'm working, in the place where I need to put stuff, or too far away for convenience.

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                          MMRuth RE: yayadave Dec 4, 2007 03:55 PM

                          Too funny. I have a tiny, almost galley kitchen that opens to the living room, with about 3 sq feet - if I'm being generous - of usuable counter space. Sometimes the cookbook ends up resting on the top of a wing back chair in the living room.

                          I've actually been wondering how to free up some space currently used by the wooden thing that holds my knives - I think it belongs in a drawer, but since I only have two of those, and it's too big, it's on the counter. One of those magnetic bars is out b/c the backsplash is tile, and I rent.

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                            yayadave RE: MMRuth Dec 4, 2007 06:29 PM

                            I have a couple of suggestions, FWIW. I have a wooden paper towel holder that's been stuck to the underside of a cabinet for years with double sided foam mounting tape. Maybe that tape would work with a magnetic knife rack, either under a cabinet or on the back splash. No screw holes.


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                              MMRuth RE: yayadave Dec 5, 2007 04:39 AM

                              Thanks - good suggestion - will look into it.

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                              jzerocsk RE: MMRuth Dec 5, 2007 06:51 AM

                              OMG I have been on a mission to get rid of my knife block, too! I got a magnetic strip but we are going to put up a backsplash so there's not much point mounting it on the backsplash until that's finished. Even then, I'm not sure I want it on a backsplash.

                              I am considering two other alternatives that you might be able to get away with even in a renting situation: Screw it under the cabinet, and screw it on the inside door of a cabinet. I'm not sure if the inside door is feasible, but I'm going to look into it. I have a rack for pot lids that mounted on the inside of a cabinet door and I really love it.

                              I might start a whole thread to solicit suggestions.

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                        Sherri RE: EclecticEater Dec 5, 2007 12:42 PM

                        1. Open the book on your counter and cover it with a Pyrex baking dish (9X13) while you're using the book. Put both away later.
                        2. Blow-up the printed page to 11X17 at the copy store and hang them on your cabinets w/ painter's tape (that leaves no residue).

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