The "cookbook" is a roadmap which helps Aszend programmers create nice web applications. It's called a cookbook since it has all the ingredients to create software from the ground up, like cooking a cake from scratch. You will learn how to set up XAMPP, which installs MySQL, MariaDB, and comes with a nice interface to manipulate your databases. You will also learn how to install and use composer, which will help download dependencies and make programming a whole lot easier. With composer you can download:
The same methods have been used to create websites like Aszend, KodeCentral, Do-X-For-Y, and legendsgaming (doxfory and legends are down for the time being). Be aware that the steps have been created using a Mac, so your machine might have different steps, but not too far from what is explained here.