"Simple, attractive, and visual." That's how this 4-million-member food subreddit describes its content. The only correction I'd make is to add the word "addicting." From pink cake pops that look like something Wes Anderson's characters would eat to comically oversized mozzarella sticks just waiting to take a marinara bath, it's impossible to stop scrolling!

A few months ago, my colleague Jonas wrote a piece about this online community. Drooling. And I read it. Also drooling. But since it's so big, you can only imagine how many more pics of delicious-looking dishes have appeared on it during that time. Enough for Bored Panda to make a follow-up publication, I'll tell you that.

Mind you, going through this list on an empty stomach is quite the challenge. It might start howling out of jealousy.

#1

My Mom Made A Pineapple Tree Fruit Display

My Mom Made A Pineapple Tree Fruit Display

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Red rockin lobster
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1 month ago

I could throw myself in there!

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To learn more about the connection between aesthetics and eating, we contacted Helen Best-Shaw, the creator of Fuss Free Flavours, a comprehensive food blog centered around achievable and affordable meals for busy people on a budget who don't want to compromise on flavor.

"Some of the greatest dishes are the simplest, but they use top quality ingredients," Best-Shaw told Bored Panda. "I think that the more simple the dish is then the better the ingredients need to be – think about a cheese board – if you get a couple of good cheeses which are perfectly ripe and serve with good bread and some interesting crackers, you have everything you need, but cheap cheese and crackers are just boring."

Another thing that makes a difference to both taste and looks is texture. "[It's] something that many people don't think about. A great dish will often have a variety of textures, crunch and crisp you can both hear and feel, silky smooth sauces, unctuous fall apart cuts of meat."

Best-Shaw said that she also likes a contrast of temperatures: "One of my favorite desserts is simple homemade ice cream, with a hot chocolate sauce poured over, just bliss!"

#2

I Made Rainbow Cupcakes… Couldn’t Be Happier With The Result!

I Made Rainbow Cupcakes… Couldn’t Be Happier With The Result!

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Aamna Shah
Community Member
1 month ago

They look like paintings. Such bright and beautiful colours!

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#3

My Girlfriend Made Cookies For Our Upcoming Camping Trip To Glacier National Park

My Girlfriend Made Cookies For Our Upcoming Camping Trip To Glacier National Park

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Gin. No tonic
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1 month ago

Too perfect to eat!

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All of the work you see in the pictures isn't just for Instagram. "We eat with our eyes as much as our taste buds and most people will enjoy a dish more if it looks appetizing," the food writer explained.

"Just a little bit of effort in presentation can make all the difference – all you need to do is serve it carefully, think about color (would carrots or broccoli look better with a main, for example) and add some garnish. I always have a bunch of fresh parsley in a jug in the fridge – it keeps for at least 2 weeks – and snip some up for garnish when I serve."

"Pretty plates and tableware help," Best-Shaw added. "Classic white plates work with almost everything – keep it simple."

But if you want to see what happens when people try too hard and the presentation gets out of hand, check out our publication on We Want Plates, a project founded by Ross McGinnes that calls a "global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates."

#4

My Boreal Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake Chocolate Bars

My Boreal Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake Chocolate Bars

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Coleby G
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be able to eat something so beautiful

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#5

My Grandma Held My Hand Through My First Attempt At Baklava

My Grandma Held My Hand Through My First Attempt At Baklava

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

And as it seems you did a good job

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#6

Croissant I Did This Morning For The So

Croissant I Did This Morning For The So

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a seashell. She sells seashells in the bakery

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However, these "perfect" pictures shouldn't discourage you from experimenting in the kitchen. "Firstly, it is meant to be fun, so enjoy your cooking," Best-Shaw said.

For everyone who wants to take their skills to another level, the blogger suggests making it a habit. "Cook every day, buy a good knife, read the recipe from start to finish before you start to cook, and check you have all the ingredients."

"There is a reason that professional chefs focus on mis en place, or the set up before cooking. Get your equipment out and ingredients measured and prepared before you start to cook; especially if it is a new recipe or technique, so you can focus on the cooking."

#7

I’m 15 And I Just Cooked My First Batch Of French Fries And They Were Delicious

I’m 15 And I Just Cooked My First Batch Of French Fries And They Were Delicious

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago

Good for you!

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#8

A Fall Themed Charcuterie Board My Mom And I Made!

A Fall Themed Charcuterie Board My Mom And I Made!

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning I would hate to eat it.

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#9

Assorted Bonbons I Made In Pastry School Last Week!

Assorted Bonbons I Made In Pastry School Last Week!

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago

Those details are amazing!

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But with that being said, remember that cooking is not a race. "Don't try and take too much on at once. I have tried to make three complicated dishes I'd never made for a dinner party before and it was a disaster. Once I'd practiced each dish separately, I can pull the same menu off with ease," Best-Shaw shared her experience.

Lastly, make sure that you have enough time on your hands to go through a recipe with your undivided attention. "Many recipes underestimate the time it takes for the average home cook to prepare ingredients, ovens and stove tops to heat up," Best-Shaw said. "Unless you have made it before, add an extra 50% on to the time taken."

The chef highlighted that food is one of the great pleasures of life, and there are no rules. So whatever you do, just enjoy preparing and eating it.

#10

Made A Snickers Cake For My Father In Law's 70th Birthday

Made A Snickers Cake For My Father In Law's 70th Birthday

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

After this I'm not gonna be myself when i have just a plain snickers!

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#11

I Make Sushi Once A Week, This Week I Bought A Train!

I Make Sushi Once A Week, This Week I Bought A Train!

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago

That presentation is amazing.

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#12

Chocolatine I Made

Chocolatine I Made

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theswallowii
Community Member
1 month ago

Let's bring that old French fight over BP! That's a "pain au chocolat" not a "chocolatine", you Southerner you! xD She's a beauty though! I'm drooling all over! :-b

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#13

I Take Care Of My Elderly Father And Try To Make Him Good Meals. Tonight Was Shepherd's Pie And Strawberries And Cream

I Take Care Of My Elderly Father And Try To Make Him Good Meals. Tonight Was Shepherd's Pie And Strawberries And Cream

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago

He is so lucky to have you!

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#14

Made An Extra Pretty Apple Pie Because They’re In Season And I Wanted To Try Out My New Pie Pan

Made An Extra Pretty Apple Pie Because They’re In Season And I Wanted To Try Out My New Pie Pan

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Aamna Shah
Community Member
1 month ago

It's definitely extra pretty. Looks amazing.

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#15

My Experiments With Cake Pops , It Turned Out Very Cool

My Experiments With Cake Pops , It Turned Out Very Cool

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Sarah
Community Member
1 month ago

These look so pretty and delicious at the same time

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#16

This Nutella Bread Thing Me And My Mum Made

This Nutella Bread Thing Me And My Mum Made

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I would ask for the recipe if i could pretend that i don't eat my Nutella straight from the little vase! Wouldn't last to make a bread

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#17

I Drank Very Pretty Coffee

I Drank Very Pretty Coffee

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago

I would feel bad the moment I took the first sip and messed up the design.

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#18

Choux Au Craquelin (Vanilla Bean Cream Puffs)

Choux Au Craquelin (Vanilla Bean Cream Puffs)

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Robert T
Community Member
1 month ago

Was watching these being made on Masterchef. The textured crust was actually a separate disc (in this case cocoa) placed on top of the choux bun before it is cooked.

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#19

Here’s A Strawberry And Cherry Mixed Cake! What You Think Guys?

Here’s A Strawberry And Cherry Mixed Cake! What You Think Guys?

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Susie Elle
Community Member
1 month ago

O_o

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#20

Spooky Croissant!

Spooky Croissant!

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks radioactive. Am I gonna get any superpowers from eating this? ☢ 🤔

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#21

Chef Friend Invited Me For Dinner

Chef Friend Invited Me For Dinner

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Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolute unit of sushi boat!

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#22

My Night Sky Chocolates: Hazelnut, Salted Caramel & Hazelnut Brown Butter Ganache

My Night Sky Chocolates: Hazelnut, Salted Caramel & Hazelnut Brown Butter Ganache

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mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

These look like custom keycaps.

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#23

My Korean School Lunch Of Crab Soup, Braised Chicken And Potatoes, And Various Banchan!

My Korean School Lunch Of Crab Soup, Braised Chicken And Potatoes, And Various Banchan!

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
1 month ago

*cries in American*

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#24

Late Night Ratatouille - Before Baking

Late Night Ratatouille - Before Baking

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Lucky
Community Member
1 month ago

Remy would approve!

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#25

Homemade Steak Fajitas

Homemade Steak Fajitas

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April Stephens
Community Member
1 month ago

Very nice presentation!

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#26

Went Camping. Found Berries. Made Pancakes

Went Camping. Found Berries. Made Pancakes

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Gaby Almodovar
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, I'm also going canmping carrying with me, flour, eggs, milk and a pancake pan, just in case I find some berries.

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#27

My Stepmum Makes Thai Sweets To Sell To Friends And I Think They Look Stunning. (Thai Layered Jelly Dessert)

My Stepmum Makes Thai Sweets To Sell To Friends And I Think They Look Stunning. (Thai Layered Jelly Dessert)

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
1 month ago

Much talent!

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#28

Girlfriend Made Mocha Chocolate Cake!

Girlfriend Made Mocha Chocolate Cake!

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Aamna Shah
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh I would devour this. Any chance I can get to know your girlfriend?

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#29

Birthday Breakfast For My Wife. Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast

Birthday Breakfast For My Wife. Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you have strong views on polygamy

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#30

Cheese Pizza Anyone?

Cheese Pizza Anyone?

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Lucky
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes please!

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#31

A Charcuterie Board

A Charcuterie Board

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Lucky
Community Member
1 month ago

Too beautiful to eat!

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#32

Girlfriend Made Vanilla Cupcakes!

Girlfriend Made Vanilla Cupcakes!

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AliJanx
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful and so creative!

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#33

Hopefully This Chicken Pot Pie Tastes As Good As It Looks!

Hopefully This Chicken Pot Pie Tastes As Good As It Looks!

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AnnaB
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks delicious!

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#34

This Naan Bread I Had In The UK

This Naan Bread I Had In The UK

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Lily Lu
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like you and the bread had a date. I hope you buttered it up

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#35

“Grilled”cheese

“Grilled”cheese

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
1 month ago

If you have never tried it, spread your bread with mayonnaise instead of butter before you grill it. You can thank me later.

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#36

The Best Looking Lasagna I've Ever Made

The Best Looking Lasagna I've Ever Made

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
1 month ago

*wipes a tear*

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#37

Smoked Beef Short Ribs

Smoked Beef Short Ribs

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 month ago

I think I.... can it be?...yes, I can taste it

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#38

Meet Bruce, Inspired By The Cake Bruce Bogtrotter Eats In Matilda

Meet Bruce, Inspired By The Cake Bruce Bogtrotter Eats In Matilda

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Susan Westmoreland
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like 70% icing.

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#39

Bread Pudding With Caramel Shell ( Made By My Sister )

Bread Pudding With Caramel Shell ( Made By My Sister )

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Red rockin lobster
Community Member
1 month ago

Impressive. I kinda reminds me of a sponge which fell in an hot oily pan. Maybe even that was the point

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#40

Comically Oversized Mozzarella Stick With Tub Of Marinara

Comically Oversized Mozzarella Stick With Tub Of Marinara

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Susie Elle
Community Member
1 month ago

Comically oversized, or perfect sized?

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#41

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

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Coleby G
Community Member
1 month ago

🤤

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#42

Homemade Chocolate Croissant

Homemade Chocolate Croissant

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago

All those layers!

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#43

A Fruit, Cheese, Meat With Cookies On Top Platter- How Did I Do?

A Fruit, Cheese, Meat With Cookies On Top Platter- How Did I Do?

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
1 month ago

You did wonderfully, friend! Absolutely beautiful.

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#44

I Made "La Bombe", The Gargantuan, Deadly Eclair From The Simpsons

I Made "La Bombe", The Gargantuan, Deadly Eclair From The Simpsons

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Liam Tranum
Community Member
1 month ago

Ohhhhhhh does any body else know what this is!! It’s the episode were homer becomes a food critic (I think) but he gets too picky about it so they make this to give him a heart attack because they can’t have more bad reviews!

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#45

A Blueberry Cheesecake I Made A Few Months Back. Big Hit With My Boyfriend

A Blueberry Cheesecake I Made A Few Months Back. Big Hit With My Boyfriend

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
1 month ago

It is absolutely beautiful.

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#46

Sushi Lover

Sushi Lover

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
1 month ago

The ratio seems a bit off.

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#47

I Prepared Cake Pops, I'm Very Happy With The Result!

I Prepared Cake Pops, I'm Very Happy With The Result!

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 month ago

I ate cake pops, and I also am happy with the result 360_F_2427...2d5670.jpg 360_F_242763152_BBTDblF1hveimpcEkBQGBD2OTavhGm8I-61a0d672d5670.jpg

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#48

Vanilla/Chocolate Twist From A Local Shop!

Vanilla/Chocolate Twist From A Local Shop!

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Makes me nervous that it's inside a car

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#49

Wagyu, Rice Cake, Quail Egg, Miso Soy

Wagyu, Rice Cake, Quail Egg, Miso Soy

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

My mouth is watering just looking at this picture.

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#50

Carolina Reapers I Harvested Yesterday From One Plant

Carolina Reapers I Harvested Yesterday From One Plant

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone's toilet is going to die...

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