World Hearth Recipe Collection
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Welcome to the World Hearth Recipe Collection. This collection of recipes has been gathered by Laura Law and Storm Wilder. This international obsession began in about 1993, with our first version of MasterCook. Many of the recipes were gathered from cookbooks. In that case, the cookbook is names and if possible, linked to that book on This means the original recipe was gleaned from the source listed, but I can't promise I haven't changed it. That is the way I cook. I try it their way the first time then make adjustments. My husband, Bryan Kilian modified Rusty Nejdl's recipe database code to fit my needs here. If you have any questions regarding the content of this site, please contact Laura. Thanks to all, and happy cooking!

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is this thing for?

    This site is a collection of recipes from all over the world. There are over 3000 recipes in the database, and we intend to keep growing it. The database is sorted by cuisine, so you can easily find tasty Greek recipes all together (and a number of other cuisines)

  2. Who wrote it and maintains it?

    The is a system originally written by Rusty Nejdl, although the entire codebase has been rewritten by now. Currently it is maintained by Bryan Kilian

  3. How do I find a recipe?

    The easiest way is to simply browse by categories, which is the screen that you are presented with when you open this site up. This allows you to find recipes by grouping, say for example, a main course or a soup. This is generally how people think when they are looking for recipes.

    However, you can also browse alphabetically through the list. This just allows you to puruse the recipes by the first letter of the name of the recipe.

    Finally, you can search by ingredients. Say you have a bottle beer that's about to go bad and you want to find out what you could do with the beer before it goes bad. Well, simply enter 'beer' into the the Ingredients box on the top of every page and click Search. This will show you a list of all recipes, in any category, that contain the word 'beer'.

  4. What is the rating I see at the bottom of a recipe?

    Many people like to see what other people think about a recipe before they try it themselves. Well, this site allows users to add a rating for a recipe and then posts the average rating that a recipe has. The ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being horrible and 5 being heavenly. If you make a recipe and love it or hate it, then rate the recipe and let other people know what you thought.

  5. Questions about the recipe engine code.

    The interface for the recipe database is written in PHP. All of the data for this engine is stored in a MySQL database. This is done to increase speed and make the coding quite a bit easier.

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