Whether you live to eat or eat to live, the chances are that food is an important part of your life. And web users are no exception, as shown by the variety of sites offering ingredients, recipes and restaurant reviews. Hungry PCA readers recommend the most tasteful food-related websites.

Come Dine With Me

Recommended by: alan14

Almost all the recipes from Channel 4's Come Dine With Me are collected here, allowing you to recreate the menus - but hopefully none of the arguments - from the TV show's competitive dinner parties. The variety and quality of dishes is generally impressive, and there are helpful links to related recipes.

Come Dine With Me

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Dame Fandango

Recommended by: Jon Durman

"For highly adaptable meals I find Dame Fandango a great source of recipes," writes Jon Durman. Ideal for those with particular dietary requirements, the site specialises in dishes that are vegan and wheat-, dairy- and nut-free. It also cleverly cross-references similar dishes to help you use up leftover ingredients, and donates proceeds to an animal charity.

Dame Fandango

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Whether you live to eat or eat to live, the chances are that food is an important part of your life. And web users are no exception, as shown by the variety of sites offering ingredients, recipes and restaurant reviews. Hungry PCA readers recommend the most tasteful food-related websites.

Delia Online

Recommended by: pj123

Delia Smith's web offering combines the best elements of almost all the other sites here, from user-friendly search functionality and seasonal ingredient guides to lists of suppliers. Not to mention, of course, the irresistible photography and helpful, warmly written recipes. "I have to recommend Delia Online," writes pj123. "Why? Because I live in Norwich. Also, it has everything you could possibly want or need to know about food."

Delia Online

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PimpThatSnack

Recommended by: Stuart T

This enjoyable website, formerly known as PimpMySnack (there have been legal disputes), records literally thousands of wasted man-hours. Find out how to make metre-long Mars Bars, life-sized gingerbread men, Biglets, Scone Henge, Billionaire Shortbread and the Creme de la Creme Egg, which contains an estimated 10,000 calories. Contributors' efforts are rated by their peers, with a league table indicating the most popular, innovative and, frankly, stupid.

PimpThatSnack

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Whether you live to eat or eat to live, the chances are that food is an important part of your life. And web users are no exception, as shown by the variety of sites offering ingredients, recipes and restaurant reviews. Hungry PCA readers recommend the most tasteful food-related websites.

Epicurious

Recommended by: D Montrone

There's something for everyone here. You get a comprehensive range of recipes, from cocktails to desserts; a user community of web-savvy chefs; articles on the finest utensils; and video tours of celebrity kitchens, including the vegan songwriter Moby.

Epicurious

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VegBox Recipes

Recommended by: Liz Cross

Eco-conscious chefs can sign up to veg-box schemes, which deliver regular packages of seasonal, locally sourced produce. But one down side of this admirable system is the risk of receiving a weird vegetable - how, for example, do you cook chard? This site helps you identify, cook and consume those strangely shaped foodstuffs with its meticulously organised recipes and advice. It also offers help finding a scheme that suits your location, dietary requirements and environmental credos.

VegBox Recipes

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Whether you live to eat or eat to live, the chances are that food is an important part of your life. And web users are no exception, as shown by the variety of sites offering ingredients, recipes and restaurant reviews. Hungry PCA readers recommend the most tasteful food-related websites.

Food Down Under

Recommended by: Noel Slater

"I'm 73 and do all the cooking in our household," laments Noel Slater. "I always try to ring the changes every day. If stuck, I fall back on my old favourite Food Down Under, which has 280,000 recipes. If I can't find one there, I give up." The site's vast array of dishes is arranged by both ingredient and geographical area, and it's hard to beat the sheer volume - you'll find everything from ale bread to zucchini chocolate cake. There aren't any pictures, unfortunately, but the instructions are easy to follow.

Food Down Under

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Ever Wondered About Food?

Recommended by: Seth Haniel

Did you know that onions have more DNA than you do? If not, head to the BBC and Open University's guide to the science of grub. Its essays and podcasts offer a wealth of culinary knowledge. "Not only the history of our favourite food, but simple, delicious recipes too," notes Seth Haniel.

Ever Wondered About Food?

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Whether you live to eat or eat to live, the chances are that food is an important part of your life. And web users are no exception, as shown by the variety of sites offering ingredients, recipes and restaurant reviews. Hungry PCA readers recommend the most tasteful food-related websites.

Joy of Baking

Recommended by: culture_geek

"There's something about the Continental lifestyle," writes a wistfulculture_geek. "Homemade biscotti with espresso on a wet summer weekend..." This guide to all things baked is the number-one resource for cakes, biscuits, muffins and tarts. culture_geek commends "the range and clarity of the recipes, and the almost gastropornographic photos".

Joy Of Baking

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UK Food Online

Recommended by: Matt

If one of the other sites has inspired you to get cooking, you'll need some high-quality ingredients. That's where UK Food Online comes in. It's a sizeable database of independent, local, ethical and organic vendors, from farmers to chocolatiers. Suppliers are arranged by food type, and each one includes a link and a brief description.

UK Food Online

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