Definition of cooking in English:



  • 1The practice or skill of preparing food by combining, mixing, and heating ingredients.

    ‘she first became interested in cooking at the age of 17’
    • ‘The air is full of wonderful smells of food preparation and cooking, but there is a constant atmosphere of concentrated activity.’
    • ‘The whole process is like doing the laundry and baking and cooking.’
    • ‘No electricity means no heating, no cooking, no light, no TV and no computer.’
    • ‘She kept an eye on female employees and inmates, supervised the washing and mending of clothes, bought food, and supervised cooking.’
    • ‘Now that's all cleared up I'm off to eat the wonderfully aromatic steak my beloved is in the process of cooking up for me.’
    • ‘Coal was commonly used for domestic cooking, heating, and industrial processes.’
    • ‘Keep a supply of water, foods that need no cooking, and any needed medications.’
    • ‘My experience taught me that an owner should know every detail, from the cooking of the food up to its management, or he will be tricked by his workers.’
    • ‘But soon there came reports of careless cooking and food poisoning.’
    • ‘To anyone with a passion for food, cooking is a release.’
    • ‘An unstable substance, vitamin C is destroyed by cooking and exposure of food to light.’
    • ‘Wood provided fuel for domestic heat and cooking, and for industrial processes such as brewing beer or smelting iron.’
    • ‘It is also important to bring some awareness into the process of cooking and eating and the effects that they can produce into our body.’
    • ‘They did all the cooking for the household, and had to prepare the food to be cooked, like plucking chickens.’
    • ‘In fact, any kind of preparation process, not just cooking, results in some loss of nutrients.’
    • ‘I usually find ribs a bit fatty, but the process of poaching and slow cooking had ensured that the fat had dissipated and all that remained was beautifully tender meat.’
    • ‘The thing to bear in mind when preparing food is that all cooking destroys nutrients.’
    1. 1.1Food that has been prepared in a particular way.
      ‘authentic Italian cooking’
      • ‘A bowl of shiny red apples suggests comfort food and good down-home cooking.’
      • ‘New American cooking incorporates many ingredients from Mediterranean cuisines that are enhanced by modern Greek wines.’
      • ‘The food taps into the cooking of all parts of India and is subtle, light, and refreshing.’
      • ‘Within a year she had the place using 100 per cent fresh ingredients in its cooking and word quickly spread about the terrific food being served at the Square and Compass.’
      • ‘It's also used as an ingredient in Arabic cooking.’
      • ‘If you're not intimately familiar with Indian vegetarian cooking, it's too easy to order dishes that closely replicate each other.’
      • ‘Instead of worrying about which diet to put their children on, parents should get back to natural ingredients and proper cooking with fewer additives and hydrogenated fats and less salt.’
      • ‘This is refreshingly unadorned, authentic Italian cooking.’
      • ‘Basically, it pays to respect the fundamental demarcation between chef cooking and home cooking.’
      • ‘Solomon Islanders do not use many spices in their cooking except for coconut milk.’
      • ‘The robust, authentic Polish home cooking is cheap and satisfying and served cafeteria-style.’
      • ‘Hundreds of restaurants offer everything from traditional Bohemian cooking to international cuisine.’
      • ‘While less creative or inspiring than French or Italian cuisine, German cooking regards itself as full of high-quality ingredients which are skilfully cooked.’
      • ‘Creole cooking uses hot peppers and spices but has been influenced by French cooking and imported foodstuffs.’
      • ‘Their individual styles of cooking helped shape Greek cooking into what it is today.’
      • ‘Puerto Ricans tolerate fast-food, but prefer native food and home cooking.’
      • ‘Seafood cooking is one of finest forms of Irish cuisine and it is important that we pass on the skills and knowledge to the next generation of chefs in this country.’
      • ‘The emphasis is on traditional Scottish cooking with fresh ingredients - locally sourced, where possible.’
      • ‘I learned how to really taste things from her, and how important ingredients are to good cooking.’
      • ‘Oddly, only Chinese cooking among world cuisines has retained this method.’
      cuisine, cookery, baking
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    2. 1.2[as modifier]Suitable for or used in cooking.
      ‘cooking oil’
      • ‘Since heat is created only in the cooking utensil and food, this glass ceramic surface remains fairly cool.’
      • ‘The coal range was so hot the cooking plate glowed.’
      • ‘I recall all sorts of cooking gadgets that went in and out of the kitchen over the years.’
      • ‘He now operates from a van in the Hull area, filtering and cleaning catering cooking fat at hospitals, universities and schools.’
      • ‘Before using for the first time, the cooking basket and drip tray should be washed with warm, soapy water.’
      • ‘In a heavy 10-inch skillet heat 1 tablespoon shortening or cooking oil over medium heat.’
      • ‘Near the kitchen, the household has put up another chart, this time listing the name of cooking ingredients and food items.’
      • ‘To sauté (the low fat way), spray large skillet with fat free cooking spray and heat to medium-high.’
      • ‘The two kitchens housing cooking material inside the hospital have also been closed.’
      • ‘I had a box of books and a box of cooking utensils, but I never unpacked them.’
      • ‘They were wrapped in cloth, tucked under her clothes but to the left of the food and cooking supplies she was taking.’
      • ‘Hopefully you have someone in your household who can operate that most intricate of cooking utensils, the barbecue.’
      • ‘He was also given a set of cooking knives and a chopping board.’
      • ‘The items may be placed directly on the floor of the oven, in a clay cooking pot or on a flat stone.’
      • ‘In the land of oil there is no electricity, no gasoline, no cooking gas and no petrol.’
      • ‘Far too big and heavy for the average stove top, these are set on single-ring gas burners on the ground, and stirred with something more like an oar than a cooking utensil.’
      • ‘In the back room, we have our large brick oven, a kitchen table and our cooking utensils.’
      • ‘She put a load of meats on there and also some cooking pots.’
      • ‘Spray the wedges lightly with olive-oil cooking spray and sprinkle with half a teaspoon of salt.’
      • ‘It doesn't matter if there isn't any cooking oil, and we cope without electricity for a few hours daily.’