Today it seems you can find recipes everywhere you look – the cooking section of our book store is filled to the brim, foodie magazines glint on every corner, and even our phones and tablets yield tasty recipes at the touch of a button. Whatever you’d like to cook, there are probably several recipes at your fingertips, easier to access than ever. Or are they? As the busy cook knows, it’s far from unusual to have your hands full whenever you whip up a batch of cupcakes or soup. With so many tasks to accomplish, and so few hands, how do keep a careful eye on your recipe?
One simple but effective solution is the cookbook stand. As its name suggests, this handy device allows budding cooks to see their recipe clearly, without the risk of stained pages, or the book slamming closed. Many of these cookbook holders are just as at home accommodating your iPad or other tablet, making it incredibly easy to read your favorite online recipes as you cook. When it comes to choosing a recipe stand for your kitchen, the sheer number of options may seem overwhelming. To help you pick, we’ve compiled this useful buying guide. Below, we run through 15 of the best cookbook stands on the market right now, so you can find the perfect option for your own culinary adventures.
The Best Cookbook Stand
This unique wooden cookbook stand is the first option to make it onto our list. Made from high quality bamboo, known for being sturdy and rugged, the stand is designed to last a lifetime. Since bamboo is such a sustainable resource, it’s the perfect option for environmentally conscious cooks, too.
Fitted with a pair of springed pegs, the stand can accommodate recipe books of all sizes – thick and thin, large and small. It’s also the perfect size to hold a wide array of tablets, and conveniently folds flat when not in use, for quick and easy storage. Thanks to five different angle settings, it’s easy to see your recipe however you stand. When you’re done, the stand wipes clean for easy maintenance. With its lightweight design, the stand is simple to transport, too.
Bamboo recipe book stand
Suitable for books of all sizes, and tablets
Easy to clean and fold away
Adjustable reading angle
- Weight1.65 pounds
If you’re searching for something a little more compact, look no further than this handy tablet stand by Stump. Made from soft-touch, durable plastic, it’s the perfect shape for accommodating iPads, Amazon Kindles, and many other tablets. It can your smartphone, too, for even greater versatility.
When you want to follow an online recipe, the Stump stand holds your tablet securely in place, at the perfect angle for easy reading – and cooking success. When you’re done, the small but sturdy design is easy to wipe down, and just as easy to store in your kitchen or office. The stand is weighted, too, allowing it to stand steady throughout use.
Compact tablet and phone stand
Made from durable rubber-like plastic
Weighted design holds tablet firmly in place
Small and easy to store
Simple to wipe down
- Weight8.8 ounces
This deluxe, heavy-duty recipe book holder is the perfect addition to any traditional kitchen. Thanks to its large size, and sturdy holding pegs, the stand can accommodate even the biggest and heaviest of cookbooks. Thanks to a cherry wood base, the holder is incredibly sturdy and durable.
It’s easy to find your ideal reading angle, too, thanks to a simple mechanism on the back of the stand. Thanks to a clear acrylic shield, your cookbook of choice will be totally protected from the splatters and spills that cooking can entail. This handy feature makes the stand ideal for protecting tablets, too, so it’s more than equipped to deal with our digital age. When you need to adjust your book or tablet, this shield can be pulled forward. When you’re done, the stand can be folded flat for easy storage.
Cherry wood cookbook holder
Also suitable for use with tablets
Acrylic shield protects against splatters
Adjustable viewing angle
Folds flat for easy storage
- BrandClear Solutions
- Weight3.6 pounds
A+ have certainly earned their eponymous grade with this handy and durable book stand. It’s ideal for textbooks, recipe books, or anything else you want to read at a natural angle that helps to prevent neck strain. Despite its modest size, the stand can accommodate large books easily, ensuring they don’t tip over.
Thanks to a set of adjustable pegs, pages are held securely in place without being obscured. The corners of each book stand are reinforced with plastic, for improved rigidity and durability. The stand can be positioned at five different viewing angles, making it easy to read at any height. When you’re done, the smooth wooden surface is easy to wipe clean, and folds away flat for convenient storage.
Durable Wooden cookbook stand
Pegs hold pages firmly in place
Reinforced plastic corners for improved lifetime
Wipes clean and folds flat for easy storage
- BrandA+ Book Stand
- Weight1.85 pounds
Boston Warehouse have also earned themselves a place on our list, with this unique iPad cookbook stand. The fun design resembles a chopping board, decorated with quirky white lettering. In use, the sturdy stand keeps cookbooks or tablets firmly in place, at an easy-to-read angle, so you can get on with the business of food preparation.
Its easel-style back keeps the stand at a comfortable reading angle for hour after hour. When you’re done, simply fold the stand flat for compact and convenient storage. The lightweight design is made using composite wood with a smooth painted surface, making it easy to wipe clean in the event of any mess. If you’re not a fan of the chalkboard style design, the stand can also be printed with cooking measurements, or recipe fragments.
Decorative, chopping board style cookbook holder
Suitable for most books and tablets
Easel-style back keeps books at the perfect reading angle
Wipes clean and folds away for easy care
- BrandBoston Warehouse
- Weight1 pounds
In case we hadn’t sung the praises of Bamboo enough today, we’ve decided to include a second bamboo bookstand on our list. The sturdy and durable material is ideal for bookstands, helping to keep your cookbook or tablet at a comfortable viewing angle throughout the cooking experience.
Two firm yet delicate springed pegs can support your book, while keeping it open at the correct page. With five different viewing angles to choose from, you’re sure to find one that’s comfortable for you, for improved posture while you work. When you’re finished, the stand can be easily wiped clean thanks to its smooth surface, and folds flat for simple storage. With its unique symmetrical cut-outs, the stand makes an attractive addition to most kitchens.
Bamboo cookbook and tablet stand
Adjustable viewing angle
Easy to clean and store
Attractive cut-out designs
- Weight1.7 pounds
At under a pound in weight, this book and tablet holder by MyGift is one of the lightest options to grace our list so far. Don’t be fooled by it’s delicate credentials, however; this sturdy stand can hold a wide array of books and tablets firmly in place while you cook.
Made from composite wood with a natural glazed finish, the stand adds a pleasant rustic touch to the modern kitchen. Thanks to its smooth finish, it’s easy to wipe away and spills or splatters from the board that might occur during cooking. Meanwhile, its handy kickstand design folds away flat when not in use, making it easy to tuck away in any nook or cranny.
Lightweight cutting board style cookbook/tablet holder
Attractive rustic design
Kickstand design holds books at a comfortable reading angle
Easy to wipe down
Stows away flat
- Weight14.1 ounces
This subtle and durable cookbook stand from Wilton has also found its way onto our list. Featuring a minimalist design, it’s the perfect fit for modern kitchens – especially since it’s easily compatible with most tablets and e-readers. Books and tablets are held securely in place by a simple bottom lip, which is low enough to avoid obscuring the text on page or screen.
Meanwhile, the wipe-clean, fold-away design makes this holder easy to stow away when cooking time is over. If you like this book stand, you’ll be pleased to know that Wilton also produce a wide range of other kitchen implements in similarly minimalist designs.
Sleek and modern tablet stand
Also suitable for smaller cookbooks
Bottom lip keeps devices firmly in place, without obscuring the text
Wipe-clean, fold-away design
- Weight1.3 pounds
Readaeer have also earned themselves a place on our list, thanks to this rugged bamboo book, document, and tablet stand. Bamboo is a durable, versatile, and sustainable material, so you can guarantee this stand is built to last.
Suitable for even thick and heavy books, this stand helps you to see what you’re reading at a comfortable angle, totally hands-free. Thanks to six different reading angle settings, it’s easy to find the perfect position for you. Your book’s pages will be safely held down, thanks to springed pegs – sturdy enough to hold down heavy books, yet small enough that the text itself isn’t obscured. When you’re finished reading, stand folds flat for convenient storage.
Durable bamboo book, document, and tablet stand
Made with sustainable materials
Features 6 viewing angles
Springed pegs hold pages down safely
Folds flat for convenient storage
- Weight1.85 pounds
OXO have also turned their attention towards the cookbook stand, with this peculiarly futuristic-looking device. Made from sturdy white and clear acrylic, the stand is the perfect way to keep books, magazines and tablets safely in place, and at a comfortable viewing angle.
The device auto-opens, for a quick and easy start, while a built-in splatter guard keeps your book or device safe from the inevitable spills that cooking entails. Simply pull back the guard to turn pages or scroll, and see it slide back into place when you’re done. The slim, lightweight design is surprisingly sturdy, and folds flat for easy storage. Unlike many other options on the market, it won’t obscure your book or tablet at all.
Acrylic tablet, magazine, and book holder
Ideal for the kitchen or office
Slim, lightweight design
Auto-opens, for a quick and easy start
Splatter guard simultaneously holds items in place, and protects against spills
- Weight1.47 pounds
For something a little more ornate, you could consider this delicate yet sturdy design by The Pioneer Woman. Made with a durable metal base, connected to a wooden stand, the handy device can prop up a wide range of books, magazines, and tablets at a convenient viewing angle.
Painted in an attractive dusty blue, the vintage-style design looks at home in almost any kitchen. Rather than the usual acrylic guard or springed pegs, the stand keeps items in place with an elaborate lattice-style front piece; as attractive as it is functional. The back of the stand features an unusual flower motif, sure to brighten up any home.
Cookbook and tablet stand made from sturdy painted metal and wood
Backboard features an attractive flower motif
Sturdy and durable
Ideal kitchen table centerpiece
- BrandThe Pioneer Woman
- Weight3.28 pounds
Tripar have also found a place on our list, with this sturdy yet delicate bookstand. Featuring an intricate cast iron design, the stand adds a touch of romance to any home. Thanks to a two inch ‘shelf’ at the front of the device, it can accommodate a wide range of books and tablets – in many shapes and sizes
Two weighted chains help to hold pages down, so you can rest assured you won’t lose your place halfway through a new recipe. The stand’s tilted design keeps your book or tablet at a comfortable viewing angle throughout the cooking experience. For easy storage, the stand can also fold flat when you’re done. Customers say the stand looks great in person, and were impressed with its durability. The delicate ‘shelf’ and chains held books safely in place without obscuring text on the page.
Intricate cast iron cookbook stand
2 inch ‘shelf’ and weighted chains hold books or tablets in place
Tilted design keeps books at a comfortable viewing angle
Folds away flat for easy storage
- Weight1 pounds
Cast iron is clearly a popular choice for bookstands, as evidenced by this attractive design that Jogreful have brought to the table. Its relatively heavyweight design holds firm without tipping over, keeping your book, magazine, tablet, or paper at a comfortable viewing angle as long as you need. A small ‘shelf’ at the front of the device ensures that books are kept open on the correct page, without obscuring the text as you work.
Thanks to an attractive lattice-work design, the bookstand offers a truly unique look that fans of vintage kitchenware will love. Its smooth lines and diamond pattern combine attractiveness and practicality in one handy package. Each stand is painted using dry powder, ensuring bright, long-lasting color with a smooth finish. You can rest assured this paint-job will last for years to come. It’s also smooth enough to wipe down easily if the messy process of cooking ever gets out of hand. Available in either white, or red, the versatile design looks great in practically any home.
Cast iron book, magazine, and tablet stand for kitchens
Heavyweight design accommodates books without tipping over
Small ‘shelf’ keeps you at the right page
Attractive lattice-work design looks great in any kitchen
Smooth, wipe-down surface
Available in red or white
- Weight5.3 pounds
From the vintage, to the modern, this unique bamboo design by Hala proves that cookbook holders come in all shapes and sizes. Made with a combination of durable bamboo and acrylic, this stand is built to last, whether you’re hoping to hold cookbooks, magazines, or even your tablet computer.
The stand’s simple ‘flip-up’ system can be operated with just one hand, making it easy to get set up, and get started. With three viewing angles to choose from, it’s easy to read all of your favorite recipes without the specter of neck strain. In place, books are held down and protected by a transparent acrylic shield. Not only does this keep your page without obscuring the text, it also protects against those spills and splatters that cooking can entail. The self-contained, slimline design can be easily wiped clean, and folds flat when not in use.
Bamboo and acrylic cookbook and tablet stand
‘Flip-up’ system can be set up with just 1 hand
Features 3 comfortable viewing angles
Transparent ‘shield’ holds your page and protects against splatters
Folds away neatly for easy storage between uses
- Weight2.85 pounds
Last, but not least, comes this simple but effective book stand by Nice Production. Available in five different sizes, it’s the perfect reading solution whether you’re working with petite paperbacks or enormous reference guides. Whichever size you choose, the stand will hold your book at a comfortable reading angle, helping to prevent neck strain in the kitchen or office.
Thanks to a whopping 15 different angles, it’s easy to find a position that’s comfortable to you. Whichever setting you choose, your page will be firmly held by a spring arm, which keeps things in place without obscuring the text. With its non-slip rubber backing, the stand prevents glossier items from slipping and sliding as your work, so there’s no need to worry about making adjustments once you get started. Customers say that the stand lives up to its heavy-duty promises, keeping even the bulkiest of textbooks open on one page for a more comfortable read.
Composite bookstand, ideal for kitchen and office use
Accommodates even the heaviest of books
Small spring arm holds your page without obscuring it
Collapsible for easy storage
15 different angle settings for comfortable reading
- BrandNice Production
- Weight1.43 pounds
Our Top Pick
For us, the best recipe book stand on the market right now is this simple and elegant option by Wishacc. Made from lightweight, durable, and sustainable bamboo, it’s the perfect solution for the eco-conscious cook. Thanks to an adjustable mechanism, you can position the book at five different angles, for easy reading no matter your height. The durable mechanism is easy to use, helping you to set up your work space quickly and effectively.
When you’re done, the hardy stand is simple to wipe clean, and folds flat for easy storage. A pair of springed pegs keep books of all shapes and sizes, as well as tablets, safely in place throughout your cooking experience. At under $15, it’s great value for money, too. Whether you’re in the kitchen, or in the study, this handy device will keep your books close at hand and easy to read, keeping your hands free to get on with the important tasks of the day.
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