Food Inspiration {Instagram}

by Cate on March 18, 2015

Whether you are an ardent food lover or even a food blogger, inspiration can come from anywhere. Instagram is one of my favorite places for food inspiration … even more so than Pinterest, surprisingly enough.

Sometimes it’s the colors of the photo that capture my eye.

Sometimes it’s a unique plate or food prop.

Sometimes it’s the actual food itself.

Sometimes it’s a simple reminder of a dish I haven’t had in awhile.

Sometimes it’s the ushering in of a new season, and all the delicious foods that go along with it.

And sometimes … a glimpse of the right picture at the right time … will inspire me all the way into the kitchen at that exact moment.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite food-related Instagram accounts.

Because we all need a little more food inspiration in our lives.

I love BehindFoodCarts because I think it’s the next best thing to owning my own food cart. Although largely based in the Bay Area, there is no shortage of deliciousness being served up here. Also the authors of Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook, you can visit their website at Behind the Food Carts.

I love the moody backgrounds on TwoRedBowls. And ingredients laid around just so… in a seemingly haphazard, yet very carefully orchestrated, way.

KimberleyHasselbrink, author of Vibrant Food, celebrates the seasons in the photographs she takes, both in the food-related ones, and the ones of her surroundings.

SpoonForkBacon never fails to post photos with colors that draw you in, but in the most natural way, with heavily relying on props. It look like you just pulled up a chair and sat down in the kitchen. Lately the focus is on eggs, in celebration of their cookbook, The Perfect Egg, that was just released earlier this month. Their web site is Spoon Fork Bacon, where you will find many original recipes to go along with the IG pictures.

LoveandLemons has such bright, happy photos, it will have you running for your local farmer’s market, rightfully so. Recipes for her photos can be found on her site, Love and Lemons.

Sarah Yates’s account does not solely feature food. She is more of a lifestyle blogger, and her photos include travel, home decor, and more. You can also follow her blog at A House in the Hills.

I love the styling of the food photographs from CherylIsHungry. She is only 23 years old (!!) and blogs from Singapore at Cheryl is Hungry.

Tieghan’s pictures on HalfBakedHarvest always look like a celebration of food to me, which is a wonderful thing. The accompanying recipes can be found on her blog, Half Baked Harvest.

I adore the food props, plates, and such that YossyArefi uses in her photos, as much as the food itself. She writes from Brooklyn, and you can also find her at YossyArefi and here.

The backgrounds that Jennifer uses at 84thand3rd are stunningly textured, but I love how they keep the focus on the food. She is a recipe developer and food photographer and writes at 84thand3rd.

Molly Yeh does wonderful things with shadows and lights with her photography. While she mainly focuses on food, you’ll find a bit of travel and farm life in her feed as well. You can also visit her at My Name is Yeh.

Trisha from GoEatYourBeets takes beautiful photographs, and includes just a prop or two in the photo, making for quietly impactful pictures that draw you in. She writes from Omaha, Nebraska and you can also visit her at Eat Your Beets.

Simple white plates and white backgrounds are my favorite thing to photograph with most days, so IAmAFoodBlog is a girl after my own heart. Keeping the focus on the food, you can’t visit her feed and not become instantly hungry. Her web site is I am a Food Blog. Natch.

The most gorgeous, colorful, downright happy pictures, and she is only 18. Steph Yu from HappyandHealthy96 shared her photos from Vancouver. You can find more of Steph on her site, A Happy and Healthy Life.

I love Peter’s pictures shared on SouvlakiMan. Filled with beautiful textures and layers, you can’t help but envision a story within each photo. His focus is mainly food and travel and you can find more of him at Souvlaki for the Soul.

If you’re not hungry after all those gloriously delicious food pictures, then I can’t help you. :)

Who are some of YOUR favorite Instagram accounts to follow for food inspiration?

Although not strictly food-related, you can find me on Instagram as CateOMalley.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanne March 19, 2015 at 7:02 am

This is so great! I’m always looking for new accounts to follow for food inspiration and I haven’t heard of some of these!
Joanne recently posted..Massaman Curry with Peanuts, Potatoes, and Cardamom


Cate March 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Thank you! Wanted to be sure an highlight some non “usual suspects.” ;)


JJ - 84thand3rd April 1, 2015 at 7:52 am

Oh thank you for including my account – what great company to be in (and a few new ones to discover)! x JJ


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