By definition,

Cooking: the practice or skill of preparing food by combining, mixing, and heating ingredients

Cookery: the practice or skill of preparing and cooking food

So, which one of the following is correct and why?

  • I am going for cooking classes, these days.
  • I am going for cookery classes, these days.

P.S. I just want to know whether it is grammatically acceptable to say cookery classes or not. Also, before asking this question, I googled up cookery classes (based on my location) and mixed responses came up:



The question is wholly reasonable and if you will excuse me for pointing it out, I attended not cooking but cookery classes in secondary school, albeit nearly 50 years ago.

As Mari-Lou A noted, there are no cooking but any number of cookery books.

Working in retail I've spoken to dozens if not hundreds of providers and hundreds if not thousands of users about cooking and cookery and I insist that their - the - normal usage for classes is cookery, not cooking.

A cooking class would mean one being cooked.

A cookery class means one about cooking.

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