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

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Welcome to Party Tricks, a monthly column in which bestselling cookbook author and entertaining pro Alison Roman schools us on the fine art of having people over without pulling out your hair. Alison Roman, Bon Appétit, "With a Mini Grill, the World is Your Cookout," 20 June 2019 In 2017, chef and cookbook author Cal Peternell left Chez Panisse after 22 years. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Peek inside former Chez Panisse chef’s soon-to-open restaurant and help kids in need," 14 June 2019 The 'Pioneer Woman' herself, Ree Drummond (now also a cookbook author and Food Network show host), has completely revitalized downtown Pawhuska with her ventures. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 The women, whose recipes were included in the cookbook, joined the Duchess at Kensington Palace to prepare some of the dishes for guests. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Had an Adorably Awkward Moment at Meghan Markle's Cookbook Launch," 20 Sep. 2018 All the recipes in the cookbook are by the cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen initiative, who support residents affected by the Grenfell fire. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Blue Smythe Coat to Her Cookbook Launch Party at Kensington Palace," 20 Sep. 2018 Following the instructions in a cookbook can’t shield someone from a body that’s conspiring to destroy them. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 The chocolate chip cookie recipe in the cookbook was developed after years of experimenting with a few different classic recipes. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Joanna Gaines on family, failure and her favorite food memory," 24 Apr. 2018 Macaroni and cheese has a storied history in the United States, dating back to the early 1800s when recipes for the dish started popping up in cookbooks. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Mad Mac expands to brick-and-mortar restaurant at the Boise Spectrum | Idaho Statesman," 8 Mar. 2018

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1809, in the meaning defined above


1944, 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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