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  • n. Chiefly British A cookbook.

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  • n. cook book

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  • n. a book of recipes and cooking directions


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  • British usage of times past to describe a book that recorded a cook's recipes, results, relevant notes, and information about cooking and baking.

    "This old recipe book in which my great-great-grandmother wrote out her recipes in uneven sloping hand with many flourishes as she went about the housekeeping in her Warwickshire farmhouse has on its yellowed pages the dark rings of cups and basins that stood upon it."

    - First sentence of the brief article Great-Great-Grandmother's Book by one E.F. Swain printed in the quarterly British farm journal The Countryman, Winter, 1956, p. 711.

    September 30, 2009