If you've been underwhelmed with other recipe sites because they seem to give you thousands of recipes but not a whole lot of useful information, Yummly is a free and intuitive recipe search tool with a strong focus on the big picture
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At Yummly you don't just search for recipes or use ingredients as a springboard for finding recipes—though you can certainly do both—you can also search and browse recipes by dietary requirements, allergies, and the course they'll be served in.
Setting up a profile at Yummly unlocks even more useful features. When you create your profile you specify your cooking skill level, habits, and preferences for types of food and where you prefer to shop. You then receive customised recommendations based on your level of cooking skill, types of food allergies, special dietary requirements, your preferences for local, organic and whole foods, and where you prefer to do your shopping. These preferences are incorporated into your searches while logged in for even more convenient recipe finding.
Yummy is a free service and requires a basic email registration to store your preferences and saved recipes.