The original plan, as Radio Times reported, was for the 11,000 recipes in BBC Food's database to be “archived or mothballed" (not linked to from other BBC sites and unsearchable through Google—though still accessible if you have the unique URL).
But after a Change.org petition drew over 180,000 signatures, the BBC changed course. The plan now, according to a more recent Radio Times article, is to merge BBC Food with the commercial site BBC Good Food, migrating over as much content as possible.
Regardless of whether the BBC's recipe archives were truly at risk (a spokesperson for the company stated, "we have never said we'd delete [...] and nor will we"), the hubbub has made us appreciate some of our favorite British and U.K.-based cooks (some BBC-affiliated, many not).
Here are a just a few of the recipes (some British, many not) we love that originated—in some way shape or form—across the pond. (Print them all out now, clip them in a binder, and you'll can have them forever! Even if the whole internet implodes.)
Who are your favorite British or Britain-based chefs and recipe writers? Tell us in the comments!