[koo k-boo k]


a book containing recipes and instructions for cooking.

Also British, cookery book.

Origin of cookbook

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; cook1 + book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cookbook

Historical Examples of cookbook

  • "Some of it might come out of a cookbook," said Betty demurely.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • Suddenly Rebecca Mary was on her feet, waving the cookbook jubilantly.

    Rebecca Mary

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • Really all you need to know how to cook is a cookbook and intelligence.

    Winona of the Camp Fire

    Margaret Widdemer

  • "And now for the dessert," she finished, pouncing on the cookbook.

    Miss Billy Married

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • For dessert—well, maybe I can find a new pie or pudding in the cookbook.

    Miss Billy Married

    Eleanor H. Porter

Word Origin and History for cookbook

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper