Which recipes are online? And how do I find them?
We have most of the recipes that have appeared in Good Food magazine since January 2002 and olive magazine since January 2003 - we're asked for these the most.
If the recipe is from one of these issues and is not on the site, it could be because:
- we don't have rights to use all the recipes that have appeared in the magazine over the years
- recipes from the current issue are put online a short time after the magazine goes on sale
We now have over 9,000 recipes on the site so if you can't find what you're looking for, it might be that it's labelled slightly differently. Here are some ways to improve your search results:
Simplify your search - stick to key words and don't make it too long or complicated eg instead of white chocolate cheesecake with a berry coulis, simply enter white chocolate cheesecake, if you still don't get what you want, try cheesecake.
To find recipes by specific chefs, cooking times, cuisine, occasion, calorie range, course, servings or difficulty level, click on the plus sign just below the search box and select what you want from there. You can do various combinations if you like eg Spanish, main course, for 4 people, under ½ hour, dairy free.
If a recipe has more than one name, try an alternative - this is particularly true of foreign dishes eg instead of bouillabaisse, try fish stew, for albondigas, try meatballs.
Our search engine only looks for recipes, so you don't need to add the word 'recipe' eg for chicken recipes, write chicken,
You can't put cooking methods and techniques into our search eg instead of making custard or how to make custard, write custard. You may also find our technique videos useful. If on the other hand you want food cooked in a certain way, you can enter this. Roasted vegetables, steamed fish and fried chicken will give you a variety of recipes to choose from
Drop all non-essential words, often these are conjunctions and adjectives eg and, a, with, crunchy, hearty, homemade, impressive.
Separate the key words with a space eg if you want dishes that contain chicken and mushroom, simply write chicken mushroom, not chickenmushroom, chicken + mushroom, chicken and mushroom.
Top-rated recipes/latest added - when you search for recipes, the results automatically list the highest rated first. If you want to change that to the latest added, there's a button at the top of the search results which will do this for you.
Generally it is better to avoid any kind of speech marks including inverted commas, hyphens and commas as well as accents.