cook·​book | \ ˈku̇k-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce cookbook (audio) \

Definition of cookbook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book of cooking directions and recipes broadly : a book of detailed instructions



Definition of cookbook (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving or using step-by-step procedures whose rationale is usually not explained a cookbook approach

Examples of cookbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The origin of empanadas is unknown but they are thought to have originated in Persia, although a cookbook published in 1520 mentions empanadas filled with seafood in the recipes for Catalan, Italian, French and Arabian food. cleveland, "Celebrate National Empanada Day with these 6 frozen appetizers from grocery store," 8 Apr. 2021 Simplify your life with this stand that conveniently holds your tools (or even a cookbook), to free up counter space and avoid unnecessary mess. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "26 of the coolest home essentials at Amazon under $100," 7 Apr. 2021 Samin Nosrat discusses veganism, depression, and writing a new cookbook. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "A Former Obama Official on the “Interlocking Set of Failures” at the Border," 6 Apr. 2021 With the seven steps below, which take you through how to vegan-ize a non-vegan baking recipe, every cookbook and internet archive is your baking oyster and you won’t be relegated to the vegan section any longer. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, "How to Turn Nearly Any Baking Recipe Into a Vegan Baking Recipe," 1 Apr. 2021 The 35-year-old model and cookbook author is married to R&B crooner John Legend, who was named Sexiest Man Alive by the magazine in 2019. Jonathan Landrum Jr., USA TODAY, "Chrissy Teigen opens up about facing racism, miscarriage in People's 'Beautiful Issue'," 31 Mar. 2021 Meghan was also the driving force behind a 2018 charity cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook, which which features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Michelle Tauber,, "Meghan Markle’s Sweet Surprise for Women’s History Month — from Her Kitchen!," 25 Mar. 2021 Based out of Los Angeles, this cookbook and culinary shop marries food and stories together. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "40+ Asian-Owned Businesses to Support Right Now," 23 Mar. 2021 The recipes are part of a cookbook created by 14-year-old Analiesa Chavez and 15-year-old Kelsey Bonner, both freshmen at West Boca Raton Community High School. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, "It’s in the bag: Girl Scouts create recipe book for Boca Raton food pantry," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective June Naylor is a cookbook author and food-and-travel writer living in Fort Worth. June Naylor, Dallas News, "Quick and healthy: 5 (mostly) plant-based bowl recipes," 27 Jan. 2021 The outstanding recipe comes from cookbook author Stella Parks. Washington Post, "Our top 10 recipes of 2020 are, fittingly, full of comfort," 15 Dec. 2020 Throw in a favorite recipe, cookbook or online class voucher for an extra-special present. Washington Post, "15 kitchen gifts for cooks into bread-baking, pasta-making or canning," 5 Nov. 2020 Author and chef Samin Nosrat has a story in it, as does Cal Peternell, the Chez Panisse chef turned cookbook author. San Francisco Chronicle, "Food lovers’ holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 In this classic, cookbook writer Grace Young presents a wok master class that is sensitive to the restrictions and desires of Western readers. TheWeek, "J. Kenji López-Alt recommends 6 books that helped him as a chef and parent," 9 Nov. 2020 Meredith Deeds is a cookbook author and food writer from Edina. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Plan a weeknight fiesta with this twist on chilaquiles," 14 Oct. 2020 In this recipe, a fall favorite from cookbook author Julia Turshen, red grapes are roasted alongside Italian fennel sausage and bright green broccoli rabe for an all-in-one dinner. Washington Post, "Roast, stew or poach grapes in 8 recipes fit for fall," 14 Oct. 2020 Meredith Deeds is a cookbook author and food writer from Edina. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Greet fall with a bowl of perfectly seasoned soup," 30 Sep. 2020

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1809, in the meaning defined above


1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cookbook

chiefly US : a book of recipes : a book of directions explaining how to prepare and cook various kinds of food


cook·​book | \ ˈku̇k-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce cookbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of cookbook

: a book of recipes and directions for the preparation of food

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