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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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Teacher, teach me how to feed myself and others Stevens is a rare cookbook author. Scott Hocker, theweek, 12 July 2024 The cookbook provides the opportunity to create many cultural meals from recipes derived from personal experiences. Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 10 July 2024
Heather is also a cookbook author; Pure Delicious is her latest release. Heather Christo, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Jan. 2023 It’s designed by Jeremy Mickel and inspired by the warmth of cookbook fonts from the 1960s and ’70s. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2022 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 23 Jul. 2024.

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: a book of cooking recipes and cooking directions

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