Once upon a time, recipes were handed down from generation to generation, finding immortality in the form of little index cards filed safely away in a well-worn box in the kitchen. This tradition continues, but it has competition. The cookbook is, of course, not a new invention; however, that just highlights how elusive the perfect cookbook holder has been. I don't know if the Chef's Center Cookbook Holder by Prepara is the perfect solution, but it may be a step in the right direction.
Featuring a spring-loaded clear splatter guard, the cookbook holder keeps books open, lettings cooks follow along with a recipe more easily. A 360-degree rotating base makes for easy to view pages for the home chef. From chopping vegetables on one side of the kitchen to working a sauce on the stovetop, the cookbook holder makes it easy to keep track of where you are. A nonslip rubber book pad keeps books firmly in place when cooking up a storm.
A slide-out weights and measure drawer rounds out the features on this kitchen gadget. The chart is a nice touch and demonstrates the potential that there is for something deceiving simple like a cookbook holder to strive for. As for recipes found off the Internet? I guess we'll have to wait a few hundred years (or millennia) for the perfect device to handle those.