1. Pull out your go-to cookbooks from your collection, the ones you reach for most often, and keep them separate from the rest of your books. Place these books in an accessible area of your kitchen or right around the corner, in a spot where they won’t get greasy (so not around your stove). If possible, keep them in a cabinet with doors to help protect them.
2. Store the rest of your cookbooks in a place where you can pull them out and curl up with them — or spread them out to research.
3. Assess the rest of your cookbooks. If you have a lot of ethnic cookbooks, arrange them by regional cuisine. For example, compile your Asian cookbooks, and then break them down further to countries: Chinese, Indian, Thai, etc. Another category could be Mediterranean broken down into Greek, Italian, Turkish and Spanish.
4. Group together books that have specific themes such as breakfast and brunch, hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads, vegetarian and/or vegan, pizzas, barbecue, desserts, cheese, wine and drinks, holiday entertaining, American standards/general cookbooks and reference.
5. Baking and dessert cookbooks can be further separated by categories such as breads, quick breads and muffins, cakes, pies, cookies, chocolate and ice cream.
6. Books using specific equipment like slow cookers, panini grills or juicers can be grouped together.
7. Some books straddle more than one category. Place them where they make the most sense to you.
8. If you have “fancy” glossy restaurant or celebrity chef cookbooks that you peruse more as an armchair book, group those in their own section or display them on your coffee table.
9. Take a look at your collection occasionally and purge. It’ll give you space for new buys.
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