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cook·​book ˈku̇k-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce cookbook (audio)
: a book of cooking directions and recipes
broadly : a book of detailed instructions


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: involving or using step-by-step procedures whose rationale is usually not explained
a cookbook approach

Examples of cookbook in a Sentence

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Several weeks later, the cookbook author and her new boyfriend, 53-year-old writer Mike Goodnough went public with their relationship. Sara Vallone, Miami Herald, 19 May 2024 Two chefs, one cookbook author, a culinary historian and a food writer made a list of the country’s most delicious meals, from carbonara in Rome to ravioli in Campania. Laura May Todd Enea Arienti, New York Times, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cookbook 

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Word History

First Known Use


1809, in the meaning defined above


1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cookbook was in 1809

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“Cookbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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: a book of cooking recipes and cooking directions

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