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A cookbook is the fundamental unit of work in Chef. They are how you encapsulate all the different resources you need to automate your infrastructure, and they are the component that is easily sharable between different Chef users.

What's in a Cookbook

Cookbooks contain 5 different components:

How do I create a new Cookbook

See the Your Chef Repository page for details.

Where can I find some pre-made Cookbooks?

We're working on a solution to this (a site that will let you share not only your Chef cookbooks, but your Puppet recipes, Capistrano scripts, and anything else that's infrastructure management related). For now, you can check out these places:




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