It can be hard to hold open a cookbook—or prop open a tablet—while trying to cook. A cookbook stand can help keep recipe books clean and in easy view. In a smaller living space, like an apartment or condo, it also wins back precious countertop space.

We’ve chosen some of our favorites.

Best overall: Bamboo Book Stand

Three Size Choices

A classic, standard pick. Amazon

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This bamboo cookbook holder—11 by 0.39 by 8.5 inches—is stable, lightweight, stain-resistant, and easy to wipe clean. It can be propped up at five different angles and has two retractable arms to hold cookbooks—or a laptop or tablet—open.

Best rustic: Cookbook Holder, Cutting Board Wood Recipe Book iPad Tablet Stands

Perfect For A Barn-Style Home

In addition to propping up books, it’s also great for storing magazines. Amazon

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This cookbook stand would look great in a rustic, modern barn home. It can either be mounted to the wall, or propped up via a durable foot in the back, like a picture frame—and it folds flat when not in use.

Most modern: Tripar 4-Inch Metal Gold Square Wire Stand

Sleek And Stylish

If you want an elegant upgrade, look no further. Amazon

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With a brassy finish and easel-like style, this stand would look beautiful in a contemporary or mid-century modern kitchen. This cookbook stand can also double as a display shelf for artwork or ceramic.

Most protective: Srenta Durable Acrylic Cookbook Stand

Everything Clearly In View

Keep your device safe from spills. Amazon

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To truly protect cookbooks, laptops, and tablets, this acrylic stand is the best bet. Books are propped up and held open between two ends of a bent sheet of acrylic, with the taller side shielding the surface, and easily wiped down when dirty. Recipes are easily legible through the clear material.