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Missing word

Is there a word for "of or pertaining to recipes" or "of or pertaining to cookbooks"? I can't find it. The closest I can come via obvious Latin is "compositional", which may not be quite what I'm looking for.

Edited to add: Good suggestions! This may call for a poll.


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Aug. 21st, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Is "culinary" too non-specific?
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's about cooking, as opposed to the texts or formulas of cooking. It's a good suggestion, but I was hoping for something more specific, coined for the occasion or otherwise.
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)

I've been doing way too much German, obviously...
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I want "recipial" to be a word. I think if I can get Stephen Colbert to start using it, it'll become standard within 10 years.

(In other words, I got nothin'.)
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Reception Theory!
Aug. 21st, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
"Recipient" would come from the same Latin word, via a natural English process. We could make this happen...
Aug. 22nd, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I'd go with gastronomy (adj. gastronomic) - as the nearest best term for the body of knowledge pertaining to cooking as an art and science.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
in Italian, you might be able to get away with constructing the adjective "ricettariale" , having to do with recipe books (from ricettario, cookbook).

Edited at 2009-08-22 02:40 am (UTC)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
In response to some of the comments I thought of gastrological (words/accounts about the stomach, gastronomy would literally be rules governing the stomach), but that is actually already a medical specialty. Also a medical term gastrography (taking x-rays and the like of the stomach), but would literally mean writing (and drawing) about the stomach and arguably would refer to cookbooks (if gastronomy refers to the art/science/rules of cooking).

I looked up cooking in my English-Ancient Greek dictionary and the word (actually one of several) for a cook is μαγειρος (magiros) and cookery μαγειροκη(magirika) (sadly recipe is absent from my dictionary). Apparently there is an obsolete term magirology ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/magirology ) for the science and study of cooking.

So I would suggest as a useful neologism "magirography", for writings about cooking including recipe and cookbooks and related matter.

Of course I`m trying to stick to the rule of only using one language to form the new word. If your feeling liberal you can mix it up.

One less prosaic suggestion struck me: "cookbookery."
Aug. 24th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
A receptary is defined in the OED as a book or collection of recipes. It would follow that the relevant adjective is receptarial.
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