Are there any UK specific cooking forums or online communities?
It seems most (like this one) are US, and I am finding a lot of the information about cookware is not relevant (I've lost count of the times I've searched for a recommended brand and it isn't available in the UK!).
So was just wondering if there are any big cooking community sites in the UK?
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There are a number of food boards in the UK - most are mainly recipe based and, as Helen B mentions, often centred around TV cooks' websites.
Chowhound is very north American orientated - even on the UK/Ireland board it is mainly for tourists and ex-pats (and even then , mainly just about London). In terms of cookware, you might find the UK boards of egullet.org to be more useful than here. It splits the UK/Ireland threads into two sub-forums - dining and cooking - which means that threads don't get hived off away from a UK/Ireland based contributor group.
In terms of Chowhound's use to UK users, it's a matter of picking through the general topics threads and trying to interpret what's meant or just sticking to the very general threads (which is what I tend to do as I find there are just so many threads I can't relate to)
Well I live in Turkey (am home in UK for holidays now) so that is even less relevant to me! Can't find about 90% of the stuff they mention on these boards but you can always adapt I suppose. The trouble is that if you google any subject...cooker...technology...you name it...the most posts are from the US. I think it's because the internet probably started there and everyone is online.
I use the bbc and waitrose sites, plus a lot of the good UK blogs eg foodstories, worldfoodieguide, eatlikeagirl - they all have links to lots more. Nigella and deliaonline aren't bad either. That's for recipes mind...but sure you could post questions about kitchenware and they'd be answered.