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Concealing Columns. Column-style corners on this kitchen island prove to be more than just decorative. Opening the recessed panel with a push latch reveals hidden cookbook storage. Who doesn't like hidden storage?
16 Kitchen Island Storage Ideas from BHG. Cook book storage in kitchen
Another creative trend - hidden storage shelves. These provide convenient access to frequently used items such as recipe books without putting them on display.
Click through for 22 "Kitchen Island Storage Ideas and Tips: Maximize your kitchen island with these sneaky ways to carve out more storage and space." -- Shown: "Concealing Columns ... Opening the recessed panel with a push latch reveals hidden cookbook storage."