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cookbook: [from amateur electronics and radio] n. A book of small
   code segments that the reader can use to do various magic
   things in programs.  One current example is the
   "PostScript Language Tutorial and Cookbook" by Adobe
   Systems, Inc (Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-10179-3), also known as
   the Blue Book which has recipes for things like wrapping text
   around arbitrary curves and making 3D fonts.  Cookbooks, slavishly
   followed, can lead one into voodoo programming, but are useful
   for hackers trying to monkey up small programs in unknown
   languages.  This function is analogous to the role of phrasebooks
   in human languages.