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Cook vs. Cooker: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Cook" is a person who prepares food, while "Cooker" is a device used for cooking.
Cook vs. Cooker

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"Cook" generally refers to an individual who is engaged in the preparation and cooking of food. This can be a professional chef in a restaurant or someone cooking at home. On the other hand, "Cooker" is a term used for various types of kitchen appliances or devices, like a slow cooker or rice cooker, that are used to cook food.
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The role of a "Cook" involves skill, creativity, and knowledge of food preparation and cooking techniques. Cooks need to understand ingredients, recipes, and culinary techniques. In contrast, a "Cooker" is a tool or appliance, requiring human input to function effectively, often designed to simplify or expedite the cooking process.
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When we discuss a "Cook," we are often referring to their expertise, experience, and culinary style. Cooks can have specialties, such as pastry chefs or grill masters. In contrast, a "Cooker" is defined by its function and type, like pressure cookers or steam cookers, each designed for specific cooking methods.
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The word "Cook" can also be a verb, meaning the act of preparing food by heating. This is a universal skill or activity. "Cooker," however, is strictly a noun, referring exclusively to the equipment or appliance used in the process of cooking.
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In cultural contexts, a "Cook" can have a status or role in society, such as a family member who cooks or a renowned chef. Conversely, a "Cooker" is often discussed in terms of its technological features, efficiency, or how it fits within a kitchen setup.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A person who prepares and cooks food.
An appliance or device for cooking food.
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Role/Function

To prepare meals, often requiring skill.
To facilitate the cooking process.
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Types/Examples

Chef, home cook, pastry chef.
Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker.
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Context of Usage

Professional kitchens, homes.
Kitchens, both residential and commercial.
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Relation to Cooking

Directly involved in cooking process.
A tool used in the cooking process.
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Cook and Cooker Definitions

Cook

A person responsible for preparing family meals.
As the family cook, she enjoys trying new recipes.
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Cooker

A general term for any large cooking appliance.
They replaced their old cooker with a modern, energy-efficient model.
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Cook

To prepare food by heating it.
She loves to cook pasta dishes on weekends.
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Cooker

An electric or gas-powered kitchen appliance.
Their new cooker has multiple functions and settings.
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Cook

To prepare (food) for eating by applying heat.
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Cooker

An appliance used for cooking food.
The rice cooker simplifies making perfect rice.
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Cook

To prepare or treat by heating
Slowly cooked the medicinal mixture.
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Cooker

A specific type of cooking device like a pressure cooker.
Using a pressure cooker cuts down cooking time significantly.
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Cook

(Slang) To alter or falsify so as to make a more favorable impression; doctor
Disreputable accountants who were paid to cook the firm's books.
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Cooker

One that cooks, especially a utensil or an appliance for cooking.
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Cook

To prepare food for eating by applying heat.
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Cooker

A person employed to operate cooking apparatuses in the commercial preparation of food and drink.
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Cook

To undergo application of heat especially for the purpose of later ingestion.
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Cooker

A device for heating food, a stove.
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Cook

(Slang) To happen, develop, or take place
What's cooking in town?.
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Cooker

An appliance or utensil for cooking food.
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Cook

(Slang) To proceed or perform very well
The band really got cooking after midnight.
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Cooker

A cooking apple.
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Cook

A person who prepares food for eating.
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Cooker

A person who makes or uses illicit drugs, especially methamphetamine or cannabis.
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Cook

(cooking) A person who prepares food.
I'm a terrible cook, so I eat a lot of frozen dinners.
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Cooker

A person who is cooked; a crazy person.
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Cook

(cooking) The head cook of a manor house.
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Cooker

An implement for cooking.
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Cook

(cooking) The degree or quality of cookedness of food.
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Cooker

A utensil for cooking
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Cook

(slang) One who manufactures certain illegal drugs, especially meth.
Police found two meth cooks working in the illicit lab.
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Cooker

A kitchen device using heat for food preparation.
She bought a slow cooker to make stews and soups.
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Cook

(slang) A session of manufacturing certain illegal drugs, especially meth.
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Cook

A fish, the European striped wrasse, Labrus mixtus.
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Cook

To prepare food for eating by heating it, often combining with other ingredients.
I'm cooking bangers and mash.
He's in the kitchen, cooking.
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Cook

(intransitive) To be cooked.
The dinner is cooking on the stove.
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Cook

To be uncomfortably hot.
Look at that poor dog shut up in that car on a day like today - it must be cooking in there.
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Cook

(slang) To execute by electric chair.
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Cook

To hold on to a grenade briefly after igniting the fuse, so that it explodes almost immediately after being thrown.
I always cook my frags, in case they try to grab one and throw it back.
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Cook

To concoct or prepare.
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Cook

To tamper with or alter; to cook up.
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Cook

To play or improvise in an inspired and rhythmically exciting way. (From 1930s jive talk.)
Watch this band: they cook!
Crank up the Coltrane and start cooking!
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Cook

To play music vigorously.
On the Wagner piece, the orchestra was cooking!
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Cook

To make the noise of the cuckoo.
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Cook

To throw.
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Cook

To make the noise of the cuckoo.
Constant cuckoos cook on every side.
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Cook

To throw.
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Cook

To prepare, as food, by boiling, roasting, baking, broiling, etc.; to make suitable for eating, by the agency of fire or heat.
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Cook

To concoct or prepare; hence, to tamper with or alter; to garble; - often with up; as, to cook up a story; to cook an account.
They all of them receive the same advices from abroad, and very often in the same words; but their way of cooking it is so different.
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Cook

To prepare food for the table.
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Cook

One whose occupation is to prepare food for the table; one who dresses or cooks meat or vegetables for eating.
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Cook

A fish, the European striped wrasse.
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Cook

Someone who cooks food
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Cook

English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779)
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Cook

Prepare a hot meal;
My husband doesn't cook
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Cook

Prepare for eating by applying heat;
Cook me dinner, please
Can you make me an omelette?
Fix breakfast for the guests, please
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Cook

Transform and make suitable for consumption by heating;
These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes
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Cook

Transform by heating;
The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle
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Cook

Fake or falsify;
Fudge the figures
Cook the books
Falsify the data
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Cook

Someone who makes meals as a profession.
He became a cook to fulfill his passion for culinary arts.
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Cook

A cook can also refer to someone with basic cooking skills.
Although not a professional, he's an excellent cook.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can 'cook' be a profession?

Yes, it can refer to a professional chef or someone who cooks for a living.
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Is a microwave considered a cooker?

It can be, as it's a device used to cook or heat food.
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What is a cook?

A person who prepares and cooks food.
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What skills does a cook need?

Knowledge of recipes, ingredients, and various cooking techniques.
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Do cookers need electricity or gas to operate?

Most cookers use either electricity or gas, but some may use other fuel sources.
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Is 'cook' ever used as a verb?

Yes, it means the act of preparing food by heating.
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Can a cooker be portable?

Yes, some cookers like camping stoves are designed to be portable.
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Can anyone be a cook?

Yes, it can refer to anyone who prepares food, regardless of professional training.
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Are there different types of cookers?

Yes, such as slow cookers, pressure cookers, and rice cookers.
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What is a cooker?

A device or appliance used for cooking food.
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Is a cooker an essential kitchen appliance?

It is for most kitchens, as it greatly aids in food preparation.
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Can cooks specialize in certain cuisines?

Yes, many cooks specialize in specific culinary styles or cuisines.
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Can 'cooker' refer to a stove?

Yes, in some contexts, it can mean a kitchen stove or range.
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Do cooks need formal education?

Some do, especially professional chefs, but many cooks are self-taught.
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Can a cooker be used for baking?

Some cookers, like ovens, are specifically designed for baking.
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How long does it take to become a professional cook?

It varies, depending on education and experience, but it can take several years.
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Do all cooks work in restaurants?

No, cooks can work in various settings, including private homes and institutional kitchens.
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Are there smart cookers?

Yes, there are cookers with digital controls and programmable features.
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Can cooking be a hobby?

Absolutely, many people enjoy cooking as a leisure activity.
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Are there cookers for specific foods?

Yes, like rice cookers or bread makers, designed for specific types of food.
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