a book containing recipes and instructions for cooking.
Also, British, cookery book.

1800–10, Americanism; cook1 + book Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
cookery book or cookbook (ˈkʊkˌbʊk)
a book containing recipes and instructions for cooking
cookbook or cookbook

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Computing Dictionary

cookbook definition

(From amateur electronics and radio) A book of small code segments that the reader can use to do various magic things in programs.
One current example is the "PostScript Language Tutorial and Cookbook" by Adobe Systems, Inc (Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-10179-3), also known as the Blue Book which has recipes for things like wrapping text around arbitrary curves and making 3D fonts.
Cookbooks, slavishly followed, can lead one into voodoo programming, but are useful for hackers trying to monkey up small programs in unknown languages. This function is analogous to the role of phrasebooks in human languages.
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Encyclopedia Britannica


collection of recipes, instructions, and information about the preparation and serving of foods. At its best, a cookbook is also a chronicle and treasury of the fine art of cooking, an art whose masterpieces-created only to be consumed-would otherwise be lost

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Example sentences
Forget the anarchists cookbook, this could do some real damage in the wrong hands.
She'd needed something to become involved in, having finished and published the cookbook that had occupied her for several years.
He offered a free cookbook with a three year subscription to the magazine.
Provides information on recipe and cookbook evaluation.
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