Meaning of COOKING in English
[noun] [U]My mother always hated cooking (= preparing and heating food so that it can be eaten).Who does the cooking in your house?I love my dad's cooking (= the food that he cooks).Cooking is used to refer to a particular type of substance that is suitable for use in cooking.cooking oilcooking chocolateA cooking apple (UK informal cooker) is a sour and often large apple which is eaten cooked.Compare eating apple at eat (HAVE FOOD).
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012