a person who cooks:
She works as a cook in a big hotel.
He is a good cook.
>> cooked adjective:
There are many ways to cook food. You can bake bread and cakes and you can roast meat in an oven. You can boil vegetables in a saucepan. You can fry fish, eggs, etc. in a frying pan.
II.cook2 BrE AmE noun [countable]
[Word Family: noun: ↑cook, ↑cooker, ↑cookery, ↑cooking; adjective: cooked ≠ ↑uncooked, overcooked ≠ UNDERCOOKED, ↑cooking; verb: ↑cook, ↑overcook ≠ UNDERCOOK]
[Language: Old English; Origin: coc, from Latin coquus, from coquere 'to cook']
1. someone who prepares and cooks food as their job SYN chef:
He works as a cook in a local restaurant.
2. be a good/wonderful/terrible etc cook to be good or bad at preparing and cooking food
3. too many cooks (spoil the broth) used when you think there are too many people trying to do the same job at the same time, so that the job is not done well
⇨ chief cook and bottle-washer at ↑chief1(3)
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▪ cook a meal Shall I cook the meal tonight?
▪ cook breakfast/lunch/dinner Kate was in the kitchen cooking dinner.
▪ cook food The book also gives advice on healthy ways of cooking food.
▪ cook rice/pasta/sausages etc Cook the pasta for about 8 minutes.
▪ cook something gently/slowly (=on a low heat) Reduce the heat and cook gently for 20 minutes.
▪ cook something well/thoroughly (=until it has definitely cooked for a long enough time) Beans should always be cooked well.
▪ be cooked through (=in the middle as well as on the outside) Fry the fish until golden and cooked through.
▪ cook something evenly (=until all of it is equally well cooked ) Turn the pie several times to cook it evenly.
▪ be cooked to perfection (=be cooked exactly the right amount, so it is perfect) All the dishes were cooked to perfection by the French chef.
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■ to cook something
▪ cook to prepare a meal or food for eating by using heat: I offered to cook a meal for her. | Cook in a hot oven for 25 minutes.
▪ make to make a meal or a particular dish by cooking it or getting all the parts ready: John was making dinner. | I think I’ll make a salad for lunch.
▪ prepare to make a meal or a particular dish by getting all the parts ready. Prepare is more formal than make: The children helped to prepare the evening meal. | The dish takes a long time to prepare.
▪ rustle up /ˈrʌsəl/ informal to cook a meal or dish quickly using whatever is available: She soon rustled up a tasty soup.
▪ fix especially American English to cook or prepare a meal – used about meals you make quickly: Why don’t you take a nap while I fix dinner?
▪ do British English informal to make a particular type of food: I could do you an omelette. | I was thinking of doing a fish pie when Michael comes.
■ ways of cooking something
▪ bake to cook things such as bread or cakes in an oven: Tom baked a cake for my birthday.
▪ roast to cook meat or vegetables in an oven: Roast the potatoes for an hour.
▪ fry to cook food in hot oil: She was frying some mushrooms.
▪ stir-fry to fry small pieces of food while moving them around continuously: stir-fried tofu and bean sprouts
▪ sauté /ˈsəʊteɪ $ soʊˈteɪ/ to fry vegetables for a short time in a small amount of butter or oil: Sauté the potatoes in butter.
▪ grill to cook food over or under strong heat: grilled fish
▪ broil American English to cook food under heat: broiled fish
▪ boil to cook something in very hot water: He doesn’t even know how to boil an egg. | English people seem to love boiled vegetables.
▪ steam to cook vegetables over hot water: Steam the rice for 15 minutes.
▪ poach to cook food, especially fish or eggs, slowly in hot water: poached salmon
▪ toast to cook the outside surfaces of bread: toasted muffins
▪ barbecue to cook food on a metal frame over a fire outdoors: I thought we could barbecue some mackerel.
▪ microwave to cook food in a microwave oven: The beans can be microwaved.
cook something ↔ up phrasal verb
1. to prepare food, especially quickly:
Every night he cooked up a big casserole.
2. informal to invent an excuse, reason, plan etc, especially one that is slightly dishonest or unlikely to work:
the plan that Graham and Dempster had cooked up
a person who cooks food or whose job is cooking
• John is a very good cook (= he cooks well).
• Who was the cook (= who cooked the food)?
• She was employed as a cook in a hotel.
Old English cōc (noun), from popular Latin cocus, from Latin coquus.
• He's a very good cook.
• She wants to become a professional cook.
• easy recipes for home cooks
cook verb T, I
• There are various ways to cook fish.
make • • bake • • roast • • toast • • fry • • grill • • barbecue • |AmE broil • |especially AmE fix • |especially spoken get • |especially written prepare •
prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish
weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/the ingredients
wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach/watercress
chop/slice/dice the carrots/onions/potatoes
peel the carrots/onion/potatoes/garlic/orange
grate a carrot/the cheese/some nutmeg
remove/discard the bones/seeds/skin
blend/combine/mix (together) the flour and water/all the ingredients
beat/whisk the cream/eggs/egg whites
knead/shape/roll (out) the dough
heat the oil in a frying pan
preheat/heat the oven/(BrE) the grill/(NAmE) the broiler
bring to (BrE) the boil/(NAmE) a boil
stir constantly/gently with a wooden spoon
reduce the heat
simmer gently for 20 minutes/until reduced by half
melt the butter/chocolate/cheese/sugar
brown the meat for 8-20 minutes
drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander
mash the potatoes/banana/avocado
Ways of cooking
cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Persian dish
bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/(especially NAmE) cookies/(BrE) biscuits/a pie/potatoes/fish/scones/muffins
boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/water
fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables
grill meat/steak/chicken/sausages/a hot dog
microwave food/popcorn/(BrE) a ready meal
serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes
arrange the slices on a plate/in a layer
carve the meat/lamb/chicken/turkey
dress/toss a salad
dress with/drizzle with olive oil/vinaigrette
top with a slice of lemon/a scoop of ice cream/whipped cream/syrup
garnish with a sprig of parsley/fresh basil leaves/lemon wedges/a slice of lime/a twist of orange
sprinkle with salt/sugar/herbs/parsley/freshly ground black pepper
• Ensure that the meat is cooked through.
• I'll cook you a special meal for your birthday.
• Make sure you cook the meat well.
• The vegetables were cooked perfectly.
• Turn the fish over so that it cooks evenly.
• the smell of freshly cooked bacon
• What's the best way to cook trout?
• Who's going to cook supper?
Idioms: cook somebody's goose ▪ cook the books ▪ cooking with gas ▪ too many cooks spoil the broth
Derived: cook something up
someone who prepares and cooks food:
She's a wonderful cook.
A cook is a person whose job is to prepare and cook food, especially in someone’s home or in an institution.
They had a butler, a cook, and a maid.