I would have thought that Perl with MySQL would be your best choice, but then I'm a little biased because I've never seen the point of PHP.
acme (who doesn't frequent PerlMonks any more) has over 100,000 recipes in his searchable database at http://astray.com/recipes/. Knowing him, it's probably implemented in Perl, MySQL and the Template Toolkit. I'm sure he'd be happy to share the code.
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-- Chip Salzenberg
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