A cook is a household staff member responsible for food preparation. The term can refer to the head of kitchen staff in a great house or to the cook-housekeeper, a far less prestigious position involving more physical labour.
A fancy household preferred a male French chef. During the Regency people favoured all things French, a stark irony considering they were at war with that country. Less wealthy families made do with a woman for a cook, usually addressed simply as â€˜cookâ€(tm) who might by origin be a scullery maid or kitchen maid who had worked her way up.
Cook is a tool for constructing files. It is given a set of files to create, and recipes of how to create them. In any non-trivial program there will be prerequisites to performing the actions necessary to creating any file, such as include files. Cook provides a mechanism to define these.
A cook is an extra, unintended, solution to a problem. The term is sometimes applied to impossible positions or ones with no solution. Occasionally, a problem will be published stipulating multiple solutions. These are intended solutions and are not considered cooks. Problems that have cooks are said to be cooked.
An unintended solution or sequence of moves that spoils a chess problem. This may be either a second, unintended solution to the problem, or an unanticipated defense that shows that the problem has no solution at all.