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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The cookbook, for which Markle wrote the foreword, features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Watch Prince Harry Come to the Rescue After the Wind Messes Up Meghan Markle's Hair," 20 Sep. 2018 The cookbook is all vegetarian, but each of the salads below could be augmented with meat. Ann Maloney,, "The time is ripe for salad bowl dinners: Easy, fresh recipes," 8 May 2018 There are delectable smells (candles, lotions, balms and soaps), fun coffee-table books and cookbooks, olive oils, teas, conversation-starting serving dishes and clothing. Kate Silver,, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 But in several mid-19th century publications, including the 1853 cookbook, jambalaya is described as having come from Native Americans. James Karst,, "A jambalaya recipe from 1844: Take one bear and clean it well ...," 6 May 2018 Since becoming a duchess, Markle has become closely involved with the organization: Proceeds from her charity cookbook Together: Our Community Kitchen benefit the women's efforts. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Affordable Club Monaco Coat Is on Sale Right Now," 21 Nov. 2018 On Wednesday November 21, 2018, Meghan surprised the group by stepping out for a visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen where the cookbook creators are based. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Club Monaco Mini Dress to Reunite with Grenfell Fire Survivors," 21 Nov. 2018 There is also a Via Carota cookbook in the works, for those who want to bring a bit of the Williams-Sodi magic into their own homes. Jennifer Alfano, WSJ, "Three Power Couples Discuss What It Takes to Collaborate Successfully," 9 Nov. 2018 Halibut Olympia-type dishes begin to appear in lots of cookbooks after World War II. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 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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