The 9 Best Cookbook Stands of 2021

Prop up your recipes to keep your hands free and counter space cleared

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Williams Sonoma Stainless Steel Cookbook Stand at williams-sonoma.com

Recipes and cookbook pages are protected behind the scratch-resistant, tempered glass shield.

Best Bamboo: Wishacc Adjustable Bamboo Book Stand at Amazon

This cookbook holder will match well with bamboo cutting boards and utensils in the kitchen.

Best Personalized Cookbook Holder: Perryhill Rustics Metal Cookbook Holder at etsy.com

Each holder is made by hand without the use of stencils, so every one is unique.

Best Under-Cabinet: The Yankee Builder Shop Under-Cabinet Cookbook Holder at etsy.com

Made by hand in custom sizes to fit any cabinets or any kitchen.

Best All-Wood Stand: Williams Sonoma Walnut Cookbook Holder at williams-sonoma.com

Made from sustainably harvested American walnut with a clear varnish, this simple wooden stand can fit well in the décor of many kitchens.

Best for Large Cookbooks: Clear Solutions Deluxe Large Cookbook Holder at Amazon

Its wide stance keeps the book neatly open while the acrylic shield protects it from kitchen messes.

Best for Small Spaces: Yamazaki Home Cookbook and Tablet Stand at Food52

This wide stand keeps your books neatly open, while the acrylic shield protects pages from kitchen messes.

Best for Electronic Devices: Stump Stand at Amazon

The silicone base is grippy, keeping your device secure on the counter, and grooves in the base provide a variety of viewing angles.

Best Farmhouse Style: Home Basics Cast Iron Cookbook Stand at Amazon

"Non-slip feet to keep it from sliding on your countertop and the heavy weight keeps it stable, no matter how hefty your cookbooks are."

If you regularly use a cookbook or tablet to work your magic in the kitchen, you likely know the struggle of craning your neck to look down at recipes lying flat on the counter. Using a dedicated cookbook stand not only gives you a better angle for reading, but some even protect the pages from spills, splatters, and other messes. The one that's right for you, however, depends on the size of your kitchen, the material and design you desire, where you'll store it, the thickness of the book or tablet that needs holding, and more.

Here are the top cookbook stands for your needs.

Best Overall: Williams Sonoma Stainless Steel Cookbook Stand

Williams Sonoma Stainless-Steel Cookbook Stand

Courtesy of Williams Somona

What We Like
  • Resists tipping

  • Weight/conversion chart on splatter shield

  • Sturdy

  • Attractive design

  • Small footprint

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t fold flat

If you have ever struggled with trying to convert measurements for recipes and had to walk away from prep to do so, this is the cookbook stand for you. The Williams Sonoma Stainless Steel Cookbook Stand has a measurement conversion chart imprinted on its splatter shield that displays liquid, dry, and weight conversions, as well as metric equivalents. 

And the modern elegance of this model cannot be overstated. The base is crafted from brushed stainless steel with a sleek curvature that will accommodate most cookbooks and magazines without tipping over. Recipes and cookbook pages are protected behind the scratch-resistant, tempered glass shield, and the sturdy base will keep everything secure while you are cooking.

Overall Dimensions: 14 x 5 x 9.5 inches | Base Material: Stainless steel | Splatter Shield: Yes

Best Bamboo: Wishacc Adjustable Bamboo Book Stand

What We Like
  • Adjustable

  • Versatile

  • Folds flat for easy storage

  • Non-slip base

What We Don't Like
  • No splatter shield

If you own a bamboo cutting board or a few light wood utensils, this cookbook holder will match well with your style. The back is adjustable to five different reading angles that you can change depending on where you place the stand or what device or size book you're using. You can hold the pages in place with a pair of clips attached to the front edge of the holder. When it's not in use, it can be folded flat for easier storage.

Dimensions: 11 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches | Base Material: Bamboo | Splatter Shield: No

Best Personalized Cookbook Holder: Perryhill Rustics Metal Cookbook Holder

PerryhillRustics Cookbook Holder
Courtesy of PerryhillRustics
What We Like
  • Customizable

  • Magnetic

  • Handmade

  • Sturdy

What We Don't Like
  • Does not fold flat

Great for a wedding or birthday gift, this personalized metal stand looks great empty or in use. It’s perfect for holding either cookbooks or tablets, and can even hold recipe cards and individual papers using a magnet or clip. The cost of these stands varies depending on the design and number of words, and each is made by hand without the use of stencils, so they’re unique.

Overall Dimensions: 9 x 11.65 inches | Base Material: Galvanized metal | Splatter Shield: No

Best Under-Cabinet: The Yankee Builder Shop Under-Cabinet Cookbook Holder

he Yankee Builder Shop Under-Cabinet Cookbook Holder
Courtesy of Etsy
What We Like
  • Convenient storage

  • Sturdy

  • Versatile

  • Made to order

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

If your kitchen has very little counter space, rest assured that this cookbook holder won’t take up an inch of it. It attaches (with included hardware) to the bottom of your kitchen cabinets and folds down to hold cookbooks, tablets, or recipe cards. These holders come in a standard size, but since they’re made by hand, they can be made in custom sizes to fit any cabinet. Besides cookbook holders, similar styles of spice racks and knife holders are made by the same seller, so you can take advantage of unused space.

Overall Dimensions: 16.5 x 12 x 2.5 inches | Base Material: Oak wood | Splatter Shield: No

Best All-Wood Stand: Williams Sonoma Walnut Cookbook Holder

Williams Sonoma Walnut Cookbook Holder
Courtesy of William Sonoma
What We Like
  • Attractive

  • Sustainably sourced materials

  • Easy to store

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Made from sustainably harvested American walnut with a clear varnish, this simple wooden stand can fit well in the décor of many kitchens. At 12.75 inches wide, it can hold most cookbooks, while the front lip helps to keep pages from flipping. While it’s not adjustable for very thick books, it can handle standard cookbooks with ease. The back brace folds closed for more compact storage when the stand isn’t in use.

Overall Dimensions: 12.75 x 8 x 7.5 inches | Base Material: Walnut wood | Splatter Shield: No

Best for Large Cookbooks: Clear Solutions Deluxe Large Cookbook Holder

Clear Solutions Deluxe Cookbook Holder
Courtesy of Clear Solutions 
What We Like
  • Sturdy

  • Good splatter protection

  • Adjustable

  • Folds flat

What We Don't Like
  • Large footprint

Great for large, heavy cookbooks, this wide stand keeps your books neatly open while the acrylic shield protects pages from kitchen messes when you’re searing steaks or measuring unwieldy ingredients. The black metal hinge makes it easy to fold down the shield when it’s time to turn the page, and it also allows the stand to fold flat for compact storage. You can also adjust the reading angle until it's comfortable for you. The base is made from cherry wood, and the front shield and back brace are made from sturdy acrylic.

Dimensions: 15.75 x 6 x 1.5 inches | Base Material: Cherry wood | Splatter Shield: Yes

Best for Small Spaces: Yamazaki Home Cookbook and Tablet Stand

Cookbook & Tablet Stand

Courtesy of Food52

What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Easy to store

  • Adjustable

What We Don't Like
  • Too small for some cookbooks

This minimalist design from Japan is perfect for small spaces. It’s made from white powder-coated steel for strength with an ash wood top piece that adds an attractive design element. The simple base slides easily to accommodate books of any thickness or even items as thin as a tablet. For easy recipe reading, the sliding base also allows books to be held at different angles for the best viewing, whether you’re baking your favorite cake or following a step-by-step recipe for paella.

Dimensions: 7.87 x 8 inches | Base Material: Steel | Splatter Shield: No

Best for Electronic Devices: Stump Stand

stump stand

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Small footprint

  • Versatile for all electronic devices

  • Grippy base

  • Multiple viewing positions

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat wobbly with larger devices

With so many recipes available electronically, a stand that can accommodate devices is valuable to plan and prepare weekly meals. The Stump Stand is crafted from durable silicone, has a metal weight inside for stability, and can hold nearly any electronic device, from cell phone to tablet. 

The silicone base is grippy, keeping your device secure on the counter, and grooves in the base provide a variety of viewing angles. And the small profile fits any size of kitchen counter and makes it easy to transport and store. The cutout for the home button of your device is the icing on the cake for this versatile option.

Dimensions: 1.38 x 1.38 x 0.63 inches | Base Material: Silicone/rubber | Splatter Shield: No

Best Farmhouse Style: Home Basics Cast Iron Cookbook Stand

What We Like
  • Metal stoppers to keep pages in place

  • Two color options

  • Matching accessories available

What We Don't Like
  • No splatter shield

This cast iron cookbook stand will add a bright pop of color to any countertop. The lattice design looks good in a vintage kitchen, but would still be at home in a more modern setting, where it would add a bit of contrast. The holder has non-slip feet to keep it from sliding on your countertop and the heavy weight keeps it stable, no matter how hefty your cookbooks are. Made from a solid piece of metal, it won’t fold for storage, but would look good on a shelf or resting on the counter.

Dimensions: 10.5 x 5.5 x 9 inches | Base Material: Cast iron | Splatter Shield: No

Final Verdict

For the best of the best, let your cookbook rest on the Williams Sonoma Stainless Steel Cookbook Stand (view at Williams Sonoma), a sturdy, attractive, and small-footprint option featuring a convenient conversion chart on the included splatter screen. If you're looking to buy a gift for a wedding, birthday, or other special event, we recommend the handmade Perryhill Rustics Metal Cookbook Holder (view at Etsy).

What to Look For in a Cookbook Stand

Materials

This comes down to aesthetics and functionality. Metal and plastic cookbook stands offer ease of cleaning. Plastic is generally lightweight, but can be less durable than other choices. Metal offers stability, but is heavy and often not as easy to store. Wood cookbook stands are attractive, but require some care to keep the wood pristine. 

Size

A quick inventory of your cookbook collection should give you a good idea of your needs in the size department. Some cookbook stands offer adjustable areas to accommodate a number of different sizes and orientations of cookbooks. Be sure to check the measurements of your largest and smallest book against the dimensions of the stand you are considering. 

Another factor is the amount of space you have on your kitchen counter. For cozier places, one of the under-counter space savers or a collapsable model that stores easily might be right. If you have loads of space, you can think more about purchasing a statement piece that becomes part of your kitchen aesthetic. 

Design

There are many elements to consider in the design department, the big one being whether or not it has a splatter shield. If you have a lovingly curated collection of books you want to keep safe from stains and spills, a splatter shield is a must. Another option if you have books or loose recipes that need to be secured, but not necessarily protected from spills, is page clips to keep everything in place. 

On the features front, an adjustable viewing area is something to think about. Most cookbook collections comprise books of different sizes, and adjustable stands allow flexibility. Plus, they often fold flat for storage, and if you use a tablet or device for recipes, it’s nice to have something versatile that can accommodate all of your cookbook stand needs.

FAQs

What else can I use my cookbook stand for?

Pretty much any reading material is fair game for cookbook stands. Most can hold tablets, magazines, homework materials, sheet music, and so on. The multipurpose design makes it easily transportable to other tasks that normally occupy your hands, and most are small enough to move from room to room easily. Next time you want to stream a movie or practice the saxophone, grab your cookbook stand. They can even become part of your decor with photographs or decorative plates.

Are cookbook stands easy to clean?

It depends on the material you choose and whether your model has a splatter shield. 

Acrylic and metal models tend to be the easiest to clean if you have any splatter or errant food debris—most wipe or spray clean. Wood models are sturdy, but require extra care. They are prone to humidity and water damage, and some might need a swipe of mineral oil to preserve their functionality and beauty. 

A shield protects your cookbooks and loose recipes, but needs to be cleaned periodically. Made of acrylic or glass, a quick dose of Windex restores them to pristine condition. 

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With a dad who was a machinist and a mom who loved to cook, the author of this roundup, Donna Currie was probably predestined to become enamored with kitchen gadgets. From garlic presses to food processors, she loved to tinker with them all, testing their pros and cons, and always looking for the best of the best. Her love of gadgets and cooking led to a recipe blog, Cookistry, and a cookbook, "Make Ahead Bread." Her work has appeared on Serious Eats, Fine Cooking, and more.

Carrie Honaker, who updated this roundup, is a food writer, restaurateur, and avid home cook. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Bon Appetit, Allrecipes, and Wine Enthusiast.

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