Update: I did buy Clear Solutions jumbo cookbook holder from Amazon to give to my daughter for her bridal shower. I love it. Planning on buying one for myself. Holds thin and thick cookbooks. Highly recommend.
It does have an acrylic splash guard to protect your cook book. I never had much of a problem keeping my books open on the counter my problem was getting them smeared with food. This way the book is protected and not laying flat on the counter.