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English definition of “recipe”


noun [C]     /ˈres.ɪ.pi/
B1 a set of instructions telling you how to prepare and cook food, including a list of what food is needed for this: For real South Asian food, just follow these recipes. Do you know a good recipe for wholemeal bread?Preparing foodPreparing food using heat
(Definition of recipe noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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