Tuesday, April 16, 2013
When the Cookbooks Almost Took Over the Kitchen
But something snapped in me at the end of last year and I started going cookbook crazy. I discovered the Jerusalem born chef Yotam Ottolenghi for a start. I also acquired some cookbooks as gifts and I started buying Heidi Swanson's cookbooks (of the 101 Cookbooks blog) after following her recipes online for several years. The cookbooks started over taking the kitchen island.
Simultaneously, I was losing space on my counter. The one major flaw of our kitchen is that there is no proper pantry, so I have to tuck food away into nooks and crannies. I finally realized I could move the cookbooks out of the way and clear the space at the same time.
Ikea to the rescue! Now, I actually did not want to shop at Ikea. I tried to shop local. I tried to find interesting modern furniture from new and used shops near my home and came up with absolutely nothing. A few stained, wobbly shelves at a couple of different "antique" (read: junk) stores and country kitchen yech at the couple of local house boutiques. So I compromised and went to Ikea.
And I have already filled up my new bookshelf! I thought I would have a ton of space to fill in a few more cookbooks.
The counter looks great now and the oatmeal and extra spices are up off the counter as they should be.
Now this time, I really mean it, no more cookbooks than what I can store in this shelf. Let's see if I can stick to this for another 10 years.