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Using Boolean search terms

You can refine your searches with some of the commonly used Boolean search terms. Most of these results can be better achieved by using the Only Show filters but if you're familiar with Boolean logic you might want to use both methods.

Some examples of searches using Boolean logic:

  • AND is the default search for EYB so there is no need to put AND in your searches e.g. entering chicken AND zucchini to find recipes that use both chicken and zucchini will show the same results as entering chicken zucchini

  • OR to find recipes that have either of the criteria e.g. find recipes that use either chicken or zucchini - enter chicken OR zucchini

  • to find recipes that exclude a search term e.g. find recipes that use chicken but not zucchini - enter chicken -zucchini. Be aware our linking of ingredients so both show up in a word search (e.g. courgettes/zucchini) may result in some odd-seeming results.

  • by adding a * to the end of a word you will find all recipes beginning with that string of characters e.g. find all recipes that use pomegranates by the author Raghavan Iyer (useful if you can't remember how to spell words) - enter pomeg* ragh*

  • A more complex use of these terms e.g. find all chicken recipes that use zucchini but do not use corn or stock and is not a soup - enter chicken and (zucchini -corn or -stock or -soup)

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