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 show saw Sanders’ character use the cookbook to solve a mystery regarding his step-sister Zoe’s parentage and ultimately save the world. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 17 June 2022 The Hubb Community Kitchen also shared a photo of Meghan posing with the women after the cookbook was released. Stephanie Petit,, 15 June 2022 Mister Jiu’s chef Brandon Jew won big at the James Beard Awards this week, bringing home the title of best chef in California and best restaurant cookbook, co-authored with Tienlon Ho. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2022 This cookbook has brought me new confidence in the kitchen. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 On the verge of turning thirty, Julie was cooking her way through Julia Child's famed 1961 Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, one recipe and one day at a time. Leah Greenblatt,, 2 June 2022 Easton suspects their rising popularity in the U.S. might have been seeded back in 2016, via Tasting Rome, Katie Parla and Kristina Gill’s canonical cookbook full of ancient recipes from the eternal city. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 1 June 2022 The visit to that roti shop was a reminder for him of his purpose—for the cookbook and for his journey. Audrey Williams, Essence, 20 May 2022 Chrissy Teigen almost gave Ellen DeGeneres a NSFW goodbye when the cookbook author and husband John Legend surprised the comedian on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (May 18). Anna Chan, Billboard, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The kitchen was upgraded with a chef’s kitchen to accommodate the family’s lifestyle, and in particular for Ayesha Curry, who is a cookbook author and cooking TV personality. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2022 That very cookbook sits on a shelf alongside graphic sci-fi favorites or titles by Hunter S. Thompson and George Orwell where the pages are worn and the binds are splitting. Globe Staff,, 7 June 2022 He cannot be trusted around your cookbook collection. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2022 Ayesha, of course, is a cookbook author and behind multiple locations around the country of the restaurant International Smoke. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 29 Apr. 2022 Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior of this cake from cookbook author Vallery Lomas. Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2022 In Singapore, where cookbook author Sharon Wee grew up, Lunar New Year was an elaborate affair. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 The recipe from cookbook author Claudia Roden was inspired by a 13th-century Arab culinary manual. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 While the museum is sadly neglected, award-winning cookbook author Ednah Rosen has rejuvenated the space with her down-to-earth dishes. Melanie Van Zyl, Travel + Leisure, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cookbook


1809, in the meaning defined above


1899, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Cookbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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