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[koo k-boo k] /ˈkʊkˌbʊk/
a book containing recipes and instructions for cooking.
Also, British, cookery book.
Origin of cookbook
1800-10, Americanism; cook1 + book Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cookbook
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for cookbook

cookery book

a book containing recipes and instructions for cooking
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cookbook

1809, from cook + book (n.). Earlier was cookery book (1630s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cookbook



Routine; mechanical; unimaginative: All he did was adopt the cookbook solution (1970s+)

  1. A chemistry laboratory manual (1950s+ Students)
  2. ny guide, manual, protocol, etc: We use a cookbook of procedures (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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cookbook in Technology

(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.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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