1. The art or process of preparing food for the table, by dressing, compounding, and the application of heat; cooking.
2. A delicacy; a dainty. [Obs.]
n : 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" [syn: cooking, preparation]