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If you cook a meal or a particular type of food, you prepare it for eating and then heat it, for example in an oven or saucepan.
Cook is only used to talk about food, not drinks.
Cook is also a noun.
If you make a meal or a drink, you combine foods or drinks together to produce something different. You can make a meal without heating anything.
Prepare is used in two ways. If you prepare food, you clean or cut it so that it is ready to be used.
To prepare a meal or drink means the same as to make it (see above). This is a fairly formal use.
If you get a meal, you prepare it or cook it. You can also say that someone gets a meal ready. If you get a drink, you either mix drinks together or pour a drink.
In American English, if you fix a meal or drink, you make it (see above).
There are many verbs that refer to different ways of cooking things.
When you bake or roast something, you cook it in an oven without liquid. You bake bread and cakes, but you roast meat. When you roast potatoes, you cook them in an oven in some fat. You can also roast a large piece of meat or a bird over a fire.
You use roast, not 'roasted', to describe meat and potatoes that have been roasted.
When you grill or toast something, you cook it under or over strong heat. You grill meat and vegetables, but you toast slices of bread.
Speakers of American English usually use broil rather than 'grill'.
When you boil something, you cook it in boiling water.
When you fry something, you cook it in hot fat or oil.
A cooker is a metal oven and hot plate that you use for boiling, grilling, or roasting food.
In American English, this machine is called a range.
A cook is someone who cooks meals as their job.
You can also describe someone's ability to cook by using cook with an adjective. For example, you can say that someone is a good cook or a bad cook.
Don't refer to a person who cooks meals as a 'cooker'. Don't say, for example, 'Abigail is an excellent cooker'.
Past participle: cooked
|Noun||1.||cook - someone who cooks food |
chef - a professional cook
fry cook - a cook who specializes in fried foods
preserver - a cook who preserves fruits or meat
roaster - a cook who roasts food
seasoner - a cook who uses seasonings; "the cook is a light seasoner"
|2.||Cook - English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)|
|Verb||1.||cook - prepare a hot meal; "My husband doesn't cook"|
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
|2.||cook - prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"|
deglaze - dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring
flambe - pour liquor over and ignite (a dish)
put on - put on the stove or ready for cooking; "put on the tea, please!"
devil - coat or stuff with a spicy paste; "devilled eggs"
precook - cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long; "precook the rice"
lard - prepare or cook with lard; "lard meat"
make - gather and light the materials for; "make a fire"
|3.||cook - transform and make suitable for consumption by heating; "These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes"|
change integrity - change in physical make-up
bake - cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven; "bake the potatoes"
brown - fry in a pan until it changes color; "brown the meat in the pan"
coddle - cook in nearly boiling water; "coddle eggs"
souse - cook in a marinade; "souse herring"
micro-cook, microwave, nuke, zap - cook or heat in a microwave oven; "You can microwave the leftovers"
cook - transform by heating; "The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle"
overcook - cook too long; "The vegetables were completely overcooked"
fricassee - make a fricassee of by cooking; "fricassee meats"
stew - cook slowly and for a long time in liquid; "Stew the vegetables in wine"
roast - cook with dry heat, usually in an oven; "roast the turkey"
braise - cook in liquid; "braise beef"
fry - cook on a hot surface using fat; "fry the pancakes"
grill - cook over a grill; "grill the sausages"
steam - cook something by letting steam pass over it; "just steam the vegetables"
pressure-cook - cook in a pressure cooker
poach - cook in a simmering liquid; "poached apricots"
|4.||cook - tamper, with the purpose of deception; "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data"|
chisel, cheat - engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
juggle - manipulate by or as if by moving around components; "juggle an account so as to hide a deficit"
|5.||cook - transform by heating; "The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
cook - transform and make suitable for consumption by heating; "These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes"
to cook a meal → preparar or hacer una comida
to cook sb's goose → hacer la pascua a algn
Cook the pasta for 10 minutes → Faites cuire les pâtes pendant dix minutes.
to be cooked → être cuit(e)
When the potatoes are cooked → Lorsque les pommes de terre sont cuites ...
head cook and bottlewasher (fig) (hum) → tuttofare m/f
shall I cook you an omelette? → ti cucino or ti faccio un'omelette?
to cook sb's goose (fig) (fam) → rompere le uova nel paniere a qn
to cook one's own goose (fig) (fam) → darsi la zappa sui piedi