These eight delicious Instagram accounts will inspire you to try something new in the kitchen
Having fun in the kitchen might seem like an absolutely foreign concept, especially if you’re pressed for time and find cooking a chore. And while whipping up tried-and-tested recipes might be an easy approach to providing sustenance on a daily basis, there’s a wealth of recipe inspiration at your fingertips (literally) thanks to Instagram.
These eight food influencers are serious—serious about making delicious, healthy food that’s also aesthetically pleasing; about giving you recipes that aren’t tedious or intimidating; and above all, about helping you increase your confidence and have fun in the kitchen.
1. Diala Canelo of @dialaskitchen
Toronto-based Diala Canelo is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef whose recipes are regularly inspired by her travels—think seafood pasta inspired by a trip to Pula, Italy, and a roasted salmon recipe packed with flavours reminiscent of Israeli cuisine. Follow her for plant-based and pescetarian recipes that Canelo says will take you less than 35 minutes, tops.
2. Nami of @justonecookbook
Fans of Japanese cuisine will love browsing through Namiko Hirasawa Chen’s Instagram feed. Packed with accessible and informative recipes featuring Japanese delights like chicken karaage, katsudon and miso ramen, Nami’s recipes come with step-by-step instructions and pictures as well as video tutorials. Home-cooked Japanese meals now seem so effortless thanks to her.
3. Jenné Claiborne of @sweetpotatosoul
Chef and health coach Jenné Claiborne offers a host of colourful and flavourful vegan recipes, with chickpeas and sweet potatoes on constant rotation. From a Better-Than-Chipotle burrito bowl to sweet potato chocolate muffins, there’s something here for everyone—whether you’re exploring going vegan, or simply want to eat more greens.
4. Tieghan Gerard of @halfbakedharvest
Is there anything Tieghan can’t make in the kitchen? Her delectable baked goods (like a no-fuss lemon tart) and savoury, cheesy recipes (like a pan-fried brie with peppered honey and olives) constantly challenge us in creative ways. For recipes on hearty dinners, refreshing cocktails and tantalizing sweet treats, look no further.
5. Aran Goyoaga of @canellevanille
It isn’t just that Aran’s Instagram feed gives off soothing, minimalist vibes, it’s also that her artfully styled plates are a joy to look at (and are very tempting to replicate too). The Seattle-based, Basque Country born-and-raised author, food stylist and photographer shares gluten-free recipes that celebrate simple, natural ingredients. What’s not to love?
6. Joanne Rapos of @theoliveandmango
The Canada-based food blogger offers recipes influenced by her Greek heritage and by Caribbean culture, as her husband hails from Trinidad and Tobago. On her Instagram feed, you’ll find loads of inspiration for meal prep, as well as many one-pan soup and pasta recipes that you’ll be reaching for frequently (the one for a spicy honey soppressata cast-iron skillet pizza sounds especially fascinating).
7. Sarah Gim of @thedelicious
Party platters have never looked this good. Sarah brings them to life with her creative styling chops on her Instagram, filling a Sunday brunch board and a dessert cheeseboard with every colour of the rainbow. While they do seem time-consuming, there’s also something therapeutic about creating art with food. Plus, it sounds like a great way to get the whole family involved in meal prepping.
8. Nik Sharma of @abrowntable
Nik brings an intriguingly scientific perspective in developing his recipes. As his captions indicate, he plays with the pH to improve the burning or caramelization of honey in a pound cake recipe, and takes the time to break down the science behind his recipe for Seville orange marmalade. If you love experimenting in the kitchen and are also keen to try out comforting recipes that celebrate Nik’s Indian heritage, this is exactly where you should turn to.