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12 Beautiful & Sturdy Cookbook Bookends

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Laura Sackton

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Laura Sackton is a queer book nerd and freelance writer, known on the internet for loving winter, despising summer, and going overboard with extravagant baking projects. In addition to her work at Book Riot, she reviews for BookPage and AudioFile, and writes a weekly newsletter, Books & Bakes, celebrating queer lit and tasty treats. You can catch her on Instagram shouting about the queer books she loves and sharing photos of the walks she takes in the hills of Western Mass (while listening to audiobooks, of course).

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There’s nothing worse than a bookend that doesn’t actually hold up your books. I recently moved, and while organizing books on my new shelves, I had several upsetting cascades when the bookends I was using weren’t quite up to the job. Bookends are no joke, and cookbook bookends are an especially serious business. I have an…extensive…cookbook collection, so I know how hard it can be to find bookends that are both beautiful and functional when it comes to cookbooks. Finding bookends that are sturdy enough to hold up a shelf full of thick, heavy cookbooks is not a search I undertake lightly.

So I scoured Etsy and came up with some fantastic options for super sturdy, guaranteed-to-function-properly, heavyweight bookends that are up for the cookbook challenge. It turns out there are quite a few delightful culinary themed bookends out there, but not all of them are made of strong material. If I didn’t think a bookend was up to the very serious task of supporting tomes like How to Cook Everything or Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, it didn’t make this list.

Below you’ll find 12 cookbook bookends (or bookend sets) made out of steel, wood, rock, cast iron, and petrified wood. We’ve got kitchen-themed bookends, elegant bookends, plenty of whimsical bookends, and a few strikingly gorgeous ones for good measure. I promise there won’t be any book cascades or sudden middle-of-the-night cookbook crashes with any of these bookends. Go forth and buy cookbooks to your heart’s content!

Black steel bookends holding up several cookbooks. The one on the left has the letters "CO" and the one on the right the letters "OK".

These classy bookends are elegant and simple. They’re made of steel, so they’ll easily support even your heaviest cooking tomes. $54 for a pair.

White ceramic planter bookend holding a plant.

This sturdy planter bookend will add some whimsy to any cookbook shelf. $54 for one bookend.

Two tall bookends made of petrified wood.

These unique petrified wood bookends are super cool, and very solidly built. $90 for the set.

A pair of black steel bookends shaped like spruce trees on a small shelf of books.

I actually have these Spruce tree bookends on my cookbook shelves at home, and I can attest they are both strong and beautiful! $30 for the set.

A wooden bookend with large letters that spell "Cook" laid out in a square. It's holding up a cookbook and there is a pepper grinder next to it.

If you’re not into the look of steel bookends but still want something sturdy, check out these simple wooden “Cook” bookends. They’re made from oak, and mounted on a sturdy metal base. $65 for the pair.

Several concrete triangle bookends in different colors—black, white, grey, and pink—sit on either side of a stack of books.

You can mix and match the colors of these hefty concrete triangle bookends. $54 for each bookend.

Two cast iron bookends shaped like large brown toads with two of their legs up in the air.

These cast iron bookends will support even the heaviest cookbooks. Plus, these frogs are so cute! $32 for the pair.

Two sparkly, bright blue agate geode bookends; the two halves together form a round shape.

Geode bookends are a classic, and for good reason: they’re eye-catching and functional. This bright blue set will brighten any shelf it’s on. $34 for the pair.

Three bright metal bookends: a red half circle, a yellow square, and a green triangle.

I love the bright simplicity of these heavy duty metal bookends. Go with your favorite color or mix and match! $39 for one bookend.

Two metal bookends; one with an upright whisk and the other with an upright spatula.

These whimsical whisk and spatula bookends are so much fun! They come in lots of colors, too. $64 for the pair.

Two rounded yellow metal bookends shaped like pineapples.

If cooking (or eating) tropical fruit is your thing, you’ll love these simple pineapple bookends. They also come in black. $30 for the pair.

A metal bookend shaped like an old-fashioned cutting board with a long handle. Text on the cutting board says "Bakery Pastries & Cakes" and there's an illustration of a pie.

Calling all bakers! Check out this adorable bakery cutting board bookend. I definitely want this one for my baking cookbook collection. $29 for one bookend.

Looking for even more sturdy cookbook bookends? There are a ton more great options on this list of 25 heavy bookends. And if it’s cookbooks you’re after (I mean, once you have the bookends, you’re going to need a few more cookbooks, right?), we’ve got you covered with our cookbooks archives. You might want to start with these 12 cookbooks for quarantine cooking, or peruse this list of my six favorite cookbook authors and their one must-have cookbook.