Your cookbooks should be conveniently located without contributing clutter to work areas. Here's a great solution: At the end of this kitchen island, a built-in bookshelf keeps cookbooks off the counter and in one spill-resistant space. Besides giving the cook quick access to recipes,, the bookshelf provides warmth and a pop of color to the all-white, fairly formal kitchen.
If you have a large cookbook collection, bring a bookcase into the kitchen to keep cookbooks handy. Top it with stone surfacing so it can double as an extra countertop.