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These 6 Home Cooks On Instagram Are Inspiring Us to Get In the Kitchen

Are your meal plans lacking in inspiration? Are you looking for someone to give you a boost in the kitchen and inspire you to cook something new? Are you ready to fill your Instagram feed with the recipes of delicious home cooks?

Then you need to follow these accounts. Full of mouthwatering dishes and easy-to-follow recipes, these home cooks will transform your weeknight dinners in no time. Soon enough, you’ll be giving homemade focaccia a try – it’s easier than you think, especially if you follow one of these home cook’s recipes – or making a creamy cauliflower carbonara or learning how to twist your own cinnamon buns. Bon appetit!

Jessica Nguyen

Everyone from Gritty Pretty founder Eleanor Pendleton to Vogue Australia is enamoured of this home cook, who breaks down complicated kitchen concepts into easy to manage steps for her 39,000 followers. Jessica Nguyen wants to make sure that you feel confident and supported in the kitchen, even when tackling trickier things like breadmaking (check out her delicious focaccia recipe in her Instagram highlights) or beer battered fish and homemade chips. Nguyen’s approach is fun, friendly and down to earth and her Instagram presence is exactly what you need in your feed right now.

Bre Audrey Graham

This London-based Aussie recently launched a platform called Dishes to Delight, where her delicious recipes are paired with a beautiful and moving essay each week. You can make her thumbprint cookies, with their little squeezes of jam, while reading about an important trip Graham made to New York, or you can try your hand at comforting potato cakes, inspired by the author’s journey to Ireland with her mother. Each story is moving and simply told, and when paired with a recipe gives you an insight into Graham’s world so delicious that it will leave you waiting eagerly for the next instalment to drop.

Sophie Kitchen

This recipe developer and food writer got her start at Delicious magazine, before leaving Australia for Denmark where she now shares her simple but impactful recipes on Instagram. Look to Sophie for the kind of food that fills you up: rich and warming mascarpone pasta bakes, bubbly chicken and mushroom pies, the perfect sticky Scandinavian cinnamon bun. And if the recipes aren’t enough to convince you, Sophie’s account is also full of beautiful travel inspiration. (That is, when we’re not all locked down and sheltering in place in the middle of a pandemic.) When Denmark starts to open up again, you can expect her feed to be a window into Scandinavia for all of us who can only dream of overseas travel right now.

Silvia Colloca

Cook Silvia Colloca’s recipe repertoire is inspired by her Italian heritage. Check out her Instagram and you’ll see a feed full of puttanesca pasta sauce, chicken cacciatore, focaccia for days and loaf cakes with figs on top. She’s also married to the actor Richard Roxburgh, star of Rake and Moulin Rouge, and we like to imagine them holed up together in their house eating one of Colloca’s delicious dishes. Follow Colloca if you’re a fan of Italian food and, let’s be honest, who isn’t?

Sam Parish

Maximum flavour, minimum fuss. That’s the mantra of Sam Parish, a food writer, stylist and chef whose recipes are all about making cooking simple and simply delicious. If you’re looking to change up your weeknight routine, Parish’s recipes are the ones for you. You could try her creamy cauliflower carbonara or her rich, soothing dahl. For dessert, you can tuck into one of her ‘chookies’, a chocolate-smooshed cookie that is everything you dream of in a biscuit.

Samantha Hillman

Come for the incredible food photos and recipes, stay for the captions. This New York-based Australian food writer and photographer has a way with Instagram that will make you laugh out loud. Take, for example, this post about a chocolate and olive oil cake. Or when she described the yoghurt and orange juice sauce drizzled on top of a marinated lamb shoulder and barley dish as “sounds a bit etch but is actually v good”. Hillman’s carefree attitude to cooking is a reminder that we should always have some fun in the kitchen.

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