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  • Recipe Search Tips

    This document introduces basic search concepts, and describes advanced techniques that produce more efficient search results.


    Getting Started with Search

    To search for a product, type a few descriptive words in the search box, and press the Enter key or click the search button. A results page appears with a list of web pages that are related to your search terms, with the most relevant search results appearing at the top of the page. By default, only pages that include all of your search terms are returned. So to broaden or restrict the search, include fewer or more terms. You do not need to include "and" between the terms. For example, to search for red rose bouquets, type the following:

    The search appliance uses sophisticated text-matching techniques to find pages that are both important and relevant to your search. For instance, the search appliance analyzes not only the candidate page, but also the pages that link to it, too. The search appliance also prefers pages in which your query terms are near each other. Every search result listed in the recipe search lists the item name, item ID, a photo of the item, a brief description and a link to the recipe page. In this display, your search terms are displayed in bold text so that you can quickly determine if that result is from a recipe or category page you want to look at.


    For searches in some languages, a single spelling suggestion is returned with the results for queries where the spell checker has detected a possible spelling mistake. The spell checker supports the following languages:

    • U.S. English

    The spell checker feature is context sensitive.


    The search appliance searches are not case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you enter them, are handled as lower case. For example, searches for "red roses," "Red Roses," and "Red roses" return the same results.

    Word Variations (Stemming)

    This search function not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms. For example, if you search for "thanks" or "thanks*," it will also search for "thank you," "thanksgiving," and other related variations. The other word variations of your search will be highlighted in the display data with each result.

    Date Sort

    By default, search results are sorted by relevance, with the most relevant result appearing at the top of the page. If you want to sort the documents by date instead, click the Sort by Date link. The most recent document appears at the top of the page and the date of each file is returned in the results. Results that do not contain dates are displayed at the end and are sorted by relevance.


    Numbers that are separated by commas are treated as separate figures, not fractional numbers; that is, the comma is treated as a term separator, not a decimal separator. For example, if you type "3,75", the search query is treated as a search for two separate terms, "3" and "75", not the decimal fraction, "three and three quarters."

    Widening Your Search

    You can expand your search by using the OR operator. To retrieve pages that include either word A or word B, use an uppercase OR between terms. For example, type the following Tulips OR Orchids in the search box. 

    Refining Your Search

    Since the search appliance returns only web pages that contain all of the words in your query, refining or narrowing your search is as simple as adding more words to the search terms you have already entered. The refined query returns a subset of the pages that were returned by your original broad query. If that does not get the results that you want, you can try to exclude words, search for exact phrases, or restrict the search to a range of numbers. These techniques are described in the following subsections
    Phrase Searches

    Phrase searches are useful when you are searching for famous sayings or specific names. You can search for an exact phrase or name in the following ways:

    • By enclosing the phrase in quotation marks. The search appliance only returns documents that include the exact phrase you entered.
    • By using phrase connectors—such as hyphens, slashes, periods, equal signs, and apostrophes—in between every word of your search query.

    Phrase connectors and quotation marks join your search words as a single unit. For example, if you type the following query, the search appliance treats it as a phrase search even though the search words are not enclosed in quotation marks.

    Range Searches

    You can confine your search query within a certain range. You can set ranges for dates, prices, and so on. The following subsections describe ways you can refine your searches with ranges.

    Number Ranges

    To search for documents or items that contain numbers within a range, type your search term and the range of numbers separated by two periods (".."). You can set ranges for dimensions ("90..100 mm stem"), years ("christmas 2007..2008"), prices in dollar currencies only ("bouquest $49..$69"), and so on. Be sure to specify a unit of measurement or some other indicator of what the number range represents.

    For example, to search for pencils that costs between $1.50 and $2.50, type the following:

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