cook·book | \ˈku̇k-ˌbu̇k \

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

In a blog post shared earlier this week, the Pioneer Woman officially announced that her next cookbook will come out in October 2019., "The Pioneer Woman Is Following Chrissy Teigen's Process To Write Her Next Cookbook," 12 July 2018 In fact, the tradition came about as Joanna was trying to perfect her recipe for her Magnolia Table cookbook and needed a group of regular taste testers to try to latest batch. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "10 of Chip and Joanna Gaines' Sweetest Family Traditions You’ll Want to Copy ASAP," 9 July 2018 In time, her cookbooks mentored me quietly, passionately. Southern Living, "A Loving Tribute to a True Southern Food Legend," 13 Apr. 2018 Enter phase two of her career, when Paltrow became a lifestyle guru through her website and newsletter, GOOP, and published her first cookbook. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Life-Threatening Miscarriage," 18 Mar. 2013 Right now, Drummond is focusing on getting the general direction of the cookbook nailed down., "The Pioneer Woman Is Following Chrissy Teigen's Process To Write Her Next Cookbook," 12 July 2018 These are the cookbooks meant to be pored over, and chances are good that smoldering briquettes and warm vacation days will allow for just that. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "7 new cookbooks good enough for a beach read," 2 July 2018 Lakhani’s was the only cardiac recovery cookbook my parents could find that focused on Indian cooking. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 Members, log in below to access the cookbook! Can't see the details? Indianapolis Star, "eCookbook: Chef Express Sensational Salads," 18 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cookbook.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cookbook


1809, in the meaning defined above


1944, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cookbook

Dictionary Entries near cookbook



Cook's tour


cook cheese


cooked breakfast

Statistics for cookbook

Last Updated

14 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cookbook

The first known use of cookbook was in 1809

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cookbook



English Language Learners Definition of cookbook

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


cook·book | \ˈku̇k-ˌbu̇k \

Kids Definition of cookbook

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on cookbook

What made you want to look up cookbook? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!