Quick answer
"Cooking" is a noun which is often translated as "la cocina", and "look after" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "cuidar". Learn more about the difference between "cooking" and "look after" below.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (art of preparing food)
a. la cocina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Cooking is my principal creative outlet.La cocina es mi salida creativa principal.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (culinary)
a. de cocina (tool)
I have so many cooking gadgets that they don't fit in the cupboard.Tengo tantos artilugios de cocina que ni me caben en el armario.
b. para cocinar (foodstuff)
I need to buy more cooking wine.Tengo que comprar más vino para cocinar.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to take care of)
a. cuidar
Oscar looks after patients in the hospital.Oscar cuida a los pacientes del hospital.
b. cuidar de
Juliana looks after orphaned bats for a local animal charity.Juliana cuida de murciélagos huérfanos para una organización benéfica local de animales.
c. velar por
There were commandos taking turns looking after the security of the building.Había comandos que se turnaban para velar por la seguridad alrededor del edificio.
d. atender
Marta looks after the hotel's guests.Marta atiende a los huéspedes del hotel.
2. (to keep watch on)
a. vigilar
Please, look after the children while I pay at the cashier's.Por favor, vigila a los niños mientras pago en la caja.
b. cuidar
My cousin is looking after the house for me while I'm away on business.Mi primo me está cuidando la casa mientras ando fuera de negocios.
3. (to manage)
a. encargarse de
My sister looks after the shoe store on Tuesdays.Mi hermana se encarga de la zapatería los martes.
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