I've been cooking this last month from Andrea Nguyen's cookbook Vietnamese Food Any Day, and sometime last week I took a moment - well, quite a few moments! - to appreciate my cookbook stand, which has been getting a workout this month.
Yes, this $13 cookbook stand. I am a big fan.
What's in a cookbook stand, you ask? This one is compact, collapsible, and has little rubber-tipped "hands" that keep pages open and flat; it has five positions, so you can find the best viewing angle for you; it'll fit any size cookbook (or a phone, an iPad, or even just a recipe printed on a sheet of paper!); and the whole thing is made of sturdy, smooth bamboo.
I like to keep it set up on my counter, but when I need the space, it can be easily folded and tucked away.
I've only had this cookbook stand for six months - for years I just put whatever cookbook I was cooking from flat on the counter. This is so, so much better! Seriously thinking of giving one as gifts to everyone in my family now, too.