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

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Chef Samin Nosrat, author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, is hosting a new food and travel series with the same moniker. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Samin Nosrat's Beloved Cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Is Now a Travel Food Show on Netflix," 17 Oct. 2018 And now, for Amazon Prime Day, Gundry's follow-up cookbook is available for just $18—that's $12 off the original price of $30. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Cookbook for the Diet Kelly Clarkson Used to Lose Weight Is 40% Off Right Now," 17 July 2018 That wasn’t the only hippie classic to make its way into the pages of the cookbook, though. Melissa Locker, Bon Appetit, "Watching ‘Wild, Wild Country’? Then You Need to See The Rajneesh Cookbook," 4 May 2018 To help celebrate, Bear Tooth will feature specials inspired by Wilson's recipes and have copies of the cookbook on hand for purchase. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Atlas Genius First Tap, sea monsters and Cashmere Cat," 23 Feb. 2018 Only 400 copies of the cookbook are known to have existed — until now, reports Design Taxi. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Salvador Dali's Surrealistic Cookbook Is Being Republished," 7 Oct. 2016 This year’s lucky plus one is supermodel, cookbook author, and now Target queen, Chrissy Teigen. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Ellen DeGeneres Just Released Her Annual Haunted House Video and We're Screaming," 25 Oct. 2018 But place the supermodel/cookbook author/headband guru in the audience at any awards show, and a new level of hilarity ensues — thanks to her iconic facial expressions and animated reactions. Lynsey Eidell, Allure, "Chrissy Teigen's Epic Facial Expression Just Won the 2018 Emmy Awards," 17 Sep. 2018 The team of chefs, who work closely with owner and original chef Hugh Acheson (now a cookbook author, Top Chef judge, and James Beard Award-winner), uses as many local farms’ ingredients as possible, and pairs them with Euro techniques. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Atlanta," 23 Aug. 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

: 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

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