Anna Jolliffe, social media editor, Food Loves Tech and The Collective
I follow Daniela Soto-Innes (@danielasotoinnes), chef-partner of Cosme and Atla. Not only does her feed feature gorgeous shots of dishes from her two restaurants but her stories are always rolling with behind-the-scenes footage of her lively kitchen. As a bonus, the James Beard Award winner has great taste in music and often posts screenshots of what she’s listening to on Spotify.
Liz Clayman, photo editor
Its all about that light/dark balance with @whyamialwayshungry. Christina’s day job is in the medical industry, yet she still manages to clock some serious hours in New York City’s most gorgeous restaurants. Her other captures show lots of design, architecture and food. You could fall in love with this city (or at least find five new restaurants you want to check out) just based on her feed alone.
Victoria Marin, social media editor
In just four short words—”ice cream is bae”—@gvngstereats won my heart because, you know, same. Fair warning before you hit up his handle: There is not one damn thing on his feed that is even remotely healthy. If your cholesterol and willpower can stand it, go forth. Mike has an inside track on not only where to get the most drooling-face-emoji worthy foods in the city, but he’s also got an eye for taking the most magical snaps of those foods.
Carrington Morris, managing editor
I’ve been enjoying East End knifemaker Dereyk Patterson’s Insta account ever since I came across this article on him in Edible East End last month. The handles in particular are so personalized, they’re like one-of-a-kind custom-made relationships. Blades are often expressive Damascus steel, while the handles come in gorgeous burlwoods, ebony and mystery woods as well. Half the fun of the posts is the Instagram commentariat taking a stab at what the various woods are and haggling for first dibs on the knives.
Bridget Shirvell, digital strategy editor
Honestly, some days I try not to see Moss Café (@mosscafeny) in my feed as once I do I know I’m likely to be putting on shoes and walking the 15 minutes to this adorable coffee shop. But even if you’re not lucky enough to be close by, their feed full of vegetarian and kosher farm-to-table bites will inspire you to spend a little more time in your own kitchen.
Ariel Lauren Wilson, editor
I’ll be the first to admit that my choice is an outlier. I first learned about the iNaturalist app and community while interviewing Grist‘s Nathanael Johnson about his book Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails and Other Wonders of Urban Wilderness. In it he challenges us urban dwellers to reconsider our ubiquitous natural phenomena and suggests the iNaturalist app as a tool for learning about these observations (the New York Botanical Garden actually uses it to help document local flora and fauna). Their Instagram (@inaturalistorg) curates “observations of the day” from around the world, educating followers on everything from chocolate tube slime in Ontario to jewel caterpillars in Brazil. Their account was never meant to whet your appetite, but like growing your own herbs or scrubbing dirt off your celeriac, it can prompt you to pay a bit more attention to nature.