Use MySQL or another database to store the recipes - while you could do it with a flatfile, a proper database will let you query against the data with arbitrary criteria at zero coding effort on your side. castaway
suggestion is an excellent one. May I suggest you use Class::DBI
to write the wrapper around the database; its Perl Advent calendar entry
should make it clear how easy it makes database work.
Makeshifts last the longest.
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