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Frequently Asked Questions


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How do I find recipes in the simplest way possible?

You'll find the quick search box on almost every page of the web site. Just type what you're looking for and and we'll give you a list of everything that matches.We look at recipe titles, ingredients and food groups and give you the best results we can. In the results, you'll see that ingredients that match your search have been highlighted. If we can't find 50 recipes that match all of your search ingredients, the complete matches appear first, then you'll see recipes that don't quite match all your ingredients. You can type anything you want in this box. Seafood risotto with asparagus and cream is just the same as risotto, asparagus, cream seafood

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How many recipes are shown as results from a search?

We present you with a maximum of 50 recipes in the results list - otherwise the list is just too long to be useful. If you don't see what you're looking for on the list, try being more detailed with your search criteria.

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What order are results shown in?

We assume that the order in which you enter ingredients is the order of importance of them to you. So, when we search we first try to find recipes that include all your ingredients, then if less than 50 are found, we drop the last ingredient you entered and search again, and so on until we have 50 results or there are no ingredients left.

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How do I exclude individual ingredients?

Sometimes you don't want to see any recipes that include a particular ingredient or type of ingredient. That's easy - just precede the ingredient with a minus sign. For example to find all seafood risotto recipes but without any squid or octopus you can enter: seafood risotto -squid -octopus

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How do I refine the results to just the ones I like?

When you are presented with the Search Results page, most of the time there will be 50 recipes displayed. The early ones on the list match most closely your search words. As you browse through the results, some recipes will appeal more than others. For instance, you might not have all the ingredients shown for a recipe or you have maybe found some desserts when you were actually looking for a starter. You can look through your list and mark the recipes that particularly appeal and then select the show marked recipes link at the top and bottom of the search results list. This will hide the unmarked recipes leaving you with a list of only those you've marked. You can continue refining this list until you have as many, or few, choices as you want. At this stage, the easiest thing is to print off the list (use your web browser print function for a printer friendly list) and go look up your own cookbooks for the complete details.

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How do I print the results page?

Just use the normal print icon on your browser page and the results will be printed in a printer-friendly format

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How do I find recipes from a particular chef or publisher?

On the Search for Recipes page, select the name of the chef or publisher from box number 1 - 'Which books do you wish to search?' From this list you can also choose "My Bookshelf" (if you have logged on) or "All Books".

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How do I find a recipe by title?

On the Search for Recipes page, enter one or more words from the name of the dish you want to find into box number 2 and we'll give you a list of everything that matches. You could enter Steak and Kidney Pie or you could enter Kidney Pie Steak; alternatively, enter boeuf and we'll find every recipe with boeuf in the title. We don't care what you enter, we'll do our best to find what you're looking for. When searching for words in the recipe title we only present you with those recipes that match in the title and so your list may be less than 50 items in this case.

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How do I find recipes by ingredient?

On the Search for Recipes page, enter one or more ingredients into box number 3 and we'll give you a list of everything that matches. In the results, you'll see that ingredients that match your search have been highlighted. If we can't find 50 recipes that match all of your search ingredients, the complete matches appear first, then you'll see recipes that don't quite match all your ingredients.

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How do I find recipes of a particular type?

Select the type of dish from box number 4 - Select the type of dish.

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How do I find recipes containing an ingredient within a food group?

On the Search for Recipes page, select the food group from box number 5 - Select a food group to include . For example to only search recipes containing alcohol, select Alcohol from the list. Recipes will then only be returned to you if they contain at least one ingredient which is alcoholic.

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How do I find recipes not containing an ingredient within a food group?

On the Search for Recipes page, select the food group from box number 6 - 'Select a food group to exclude'. For example to ignore recipes containing alcohol, select Alcohol from the list. Recipes will then only be returned to you if they do not contain any ingredient which is alcoholic.

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How do I find vegetarian recipes?

On the Search for Recipes page, select Meat, Poultry and Game from box number 6 - Select a food group to exclude.