To protect cookbooks from cooking splatter, shield open pages with heavy-duty clear protector sheets, which are available at any office store. Two taped-together sheets fit neatly on an open cookbook. This cover can be wiped clean with a damp cloth and reused.
Here’s a good reason to keep your pot lids clean: Placing the lid over the sheet of paper, or even over an open cookbook or magazine (the weight of the lid will keep the pages open), will protect it from becoming a kitchen casualty.
Place a zipper-lock bag flat on the counter, slide the paper recipe right into it, and zip it shut. Gallon-sized bags work nicely for 8½ by 11-inch sheets, while sandwich-sized bags work well for recipes mounted on index cards. Like these? See more quick tips at Cook's Illustrated.