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Dictionary Definition

cookbook n : a book of recipes and cooking directions [syn: cookery book]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A book or an encyclopedia full of recipes.


book of cooking recipes

Extensive Definition

A cookbook is a book that contains information on cooking, and a list of recipes. It may also contain information on ingredient origin, freshness, selection and quality, e.g. the Slow Food movement's ark of taste criteria.
While western cookbooks usually group recipes for main courses by the main ingredient of the dishes, Japanese cookbooks usually group them by cooking techniques (e.g., fried foods, steamed foods, and grilled foods). Both styles of cookbook have additional recipe groupings such as soups, sweets.

Famous cookbooks

Famous cookbooks from the past, in chronological order, include:

Usage outside the world of food

The term cookbook is sometimes used metaphorically to refer to any book containing a straightforward set of already tried and tested "recipes" or instructions for a specific field or activity other than cooking, that others can use unchanged. Examples include a set of circuit designs in electronics, a book of magic spells, or the Anarchist Cookbook, a set of instructions on destruction and living outside the law. O'Reilly Media publishes a series of books about computer programming named the Cookbook series, and each of these books contain hundreds of ready to use, cut and paste examples to solve a specific problem in a single programming language.

External links

cookbook in German: Kochbuch
cookbook in Czech: Kuchařská kniha
cookbook in Spanish: Libro de cocina
cookbook in French: Livre de cuisine
cookbook in Icelandic: Matreiðslubók
cookbook in Italian: Ricettario
cookbook in Hebrew: ספר בישול
cookbook in Luxembourgish: Kachbicher
cookbook in Dutch: Kookboek
cookbook in Norwegian: Kokebok
cookbook in Portuguese: Livro de cozinha
cookbook in Simple English: Cookbook
cookbook in Serbian: Кувар
cookbook in Swedish: Kokbok
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