Add-Ons: Open Shelves When you want cookbooks close at hand, provide shelves at least 10 inches deep and 12 inches high, or size them to your biggest books. An attached bookcase can add 20 percent to the island's cost. Similar to shown: Custom bookcase in painted maple; Plato Woodwork, Inc.
Capping off the end of the peninsula with open shelves provides a practical and pretty alternative to an ordinary decorative panel. Stowing cookbooks here makes them easily accessible and more likely to be used.