Influencers Tout

From simple black boxes to viral educational resources, support for the Black community has permeated Instagram over the last few days. 

But one click is not enough. 

One way to amplify Black voices in the long term is to continuously follow, interact with, and share the work of Black content creators. 

That’s why we compiled a list of 15 of the most exciting Black food influencers on Instagram—check them out below. 

Warning: Do not read while hungry. 

1. Monique Polanco 

Follow: @peaches2peaches

I love playing around with food styling. I’m especially loving the food on a chair trend, so I thought I’d try it out.A pretty cake on a chair… That’s it. Lol. Happy Sunday! . . . . . #peaches2peachesblog#f52grams #feedfeed #thebakefeed #shareyourtable#nyfoodblogger #foodtographyschool #rocklandcountyfoodblogger #hudsonvalleyblogger #foodwinewomen #kitchn#blackfoodbloggers #foodcontentcreator#foodphotographystyling #lohudfood#cameraeatsfirst #eatprettythings #dessertgoals #eatdessertfirst #dessertphotography #foodfluffer #blackwomenfoodphotog #TOHFoodie #hautecuisines #huffposttaste #foodartblog #tastingtable #tasteofhome #vintagechair

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Monique Polanco is a New York-based food blogger who shares elegantly styled original recipes on her Instagram feed. 

If you love following creators who post magazine-worthy photos, you’ll find serious inspiration here. 

Get recipes and more here. 

2. Eden Westbrook 

Follow: @sweet_tea_thyme

These fluffy, gooey, better-than-Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are screaming for a healthy coat of cream cheese frosting. Good thing it comes with the recipe. If you're not making cinnamon rolls while stuck at home, what are you waiting for? Link to the full recipe is in my profile @sweet_tea_thyme !⁠ ⁠ #cinnamonroll #cinnamonbun #cinnamonrolls #thebakefeed #blavityfoodie #essenceeats #bakersofinstagram #eatprettythings #kitchenbowl #bakefromscratch #imsomartha #marthafood #foodwinewomen #homebaking #blackfoodbloggers #sweetcuisines #wsbakeclub #homebaking #mycommontable #bakersgonnabake #brunchlife #blackgirlswhoblog #cinnamonrollsunday #bakingaddiction #f52grams #tohfoodie #bakingtherapy #stressbaking #quarantineeats #sweetteaandthyme

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Blogger Eden Westbrook says she’s a “meat and potatoes type of girl, who also really, really loves sushi.”

A professionally trained recipe developer, Eden started Sweet Tea & Thyme as a way to share ideas with friends. Now, the food photographer shares easy and diverse recipes with thousands of Instagram followers. 

Get recipes and more here. 

3. Jessica Hylton Leckie 

Follow: @jessicainthekitchen

Taking comfort? in this amazing vegan baked mac ???and cheese recipe! It’s creamy cheesy and made with cashew cream! Let’s not even begin to talk about the crusty seasoned top layer of seasoned breadcrumbs?!⁣ ⁣ To get this incredible recipe click the link in my bio friends!! #bakedmacandcheese #macandcheese

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According to vegan food blogger Jessica Hylton Leckie, “food tastes its BEST when you cook it simply, yet deliciously while highlighting the natural ingredients.”

Follow @jessicainthekitchen for deceptively wholesome recipe ideas (like this macaroni and cheese made with cashew cream). 

Get recipes and more here. 

4. Scotty Scott

Follow: @cookdrankeat

Grilled Rosemary Shrimp Summertime is almost here and that means it’s time to gather around the grill with friends and family. Whenever I get the grill going it’s gotta be charcoal and it’s gotta be @kingsford #kingsfordcharcoal #ad For more amazing grilling recipes be sure to visit the Kingsford Recipe Hub at the Kingsford page on Pinterest. Link to full video in bio ??

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Scotty Scott is a personal chef who runs a successful food blog, Instagram, Twitter account, and YouTube channel—so, yeah, he pretty much does it all. 

The Texas-based blogger’s brand, Cook Drank Eat, is ideal for people looking for summer grilling inspiration. 

Get recipes and more here.  

5. Quin Liburd

Follow: @butterbeready

|| NEW ||…Sausage + Peppers ??? // it’s probably one of the easiest and most delicious weeknight-friendly recipes there is ya’ll! ?? i’m talkin’ about sautéed bell peppers and onions with hunks of juicy sausage. my favorite way to serve this dish is over some steamed white rice but you do you, boo. \\ grab this new recipe @butterbeready (link in bio!) ??

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Quin Liburd describes her approach to cooking as “simple with little to no fussy ingredients.”

Her perfectly curated Instagram feed makes @butterbeready a must-follow for aspiring bakers and home cooks. 

Get recipes and more here. 

6. Zainab Storms

Follow: @aclassictwistblog

#TGIF and thank goodness for homemade ice cream! If your local ice cream shop is closed right now, no worries! Make your own ice cream at home with this Funfetti Golden Oreos Ice Cream recipe. Plus, it doubles as something fun to do with the kids! . . Find the recipe here: . . #homemadeicecream #icecream #icecreamrecipe #funfetti #funfettiicecream #bakersgonnabake #aclassictwist #igbakes #igeats #instabakers #thebakefeed #eeeeeats #eatfamous #devourpower #feedyoursoull #eatingfortheinsta #topcitybites #feastagram #spoonfeed #dailyfoodfeed #tastingtable #foodilysm #foodbeast #howisummer #nyceeeeeats #foodiegram #eattheworld #foooodieee

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We could all use a mood-booster right now—and we know just where to find it. 

Zainab Storms, the brains behind A Classic Twist, shares bright, tasty-looking, and downright delightful photos and recipes with her followers. 

Get recipes and more here.

7. Aaron L. Oliver

Follow: @seasonedandblessed

Tomorrow is #nationalburgerday! If you are looking for a few spots to order takeout, check out @mikkeysgrill ,@urbangrillchicago , and for some good meatless options, check out @cantbelieveitsnotmeatinc! All their information including hours and ordering options can be found on my blog! *Link in Bio* #chicago #burger #blackownedbusiness . . Pictured: Homemade Bacon Cheeseburger ?

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Seasoned and Blessed, run by Aaron L. Oliver, is Chicago’s definitive guide to the black food scene. 

This account is essential viewing for anyone planning to visit the Windy City (take a look even if you’re not headed to Chicago, but only if you’re prepared to be very hungry). 

Read more here. 

8. Renee “Renz” Robley 

Follow: @homemadezagat

#tbt to this saltfish pizza using coconut flour as a base. This recipe fret me bad. ?? Coconut flour is not regular flour and requires a certain kinda patience. Final result was good good though. But I've made this pizza again using my regular AP flour pizza dough. My post has tricks that I had to do to work with coconut flour. Thank you @callaloobox for the experience. Saltfish pizza a yes or no? | Link in profile @homemadezagat #pizza #saltfish #buljol #caribbeaninspired #trinidad #tobago #caribbeanfood

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Renee “Renz” Robley says she’s proud to “introduce to more and more people the culinary aspects of the Caribbean islands.”

HomeMadeZagat, a gorgeous celebration of Caribbean food, is perfect for people who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. 

Get recipes and more here. 

9. Jasmine Lukuku

Follow: @jasminelukuku

I believe in mid-week sparkling wine. No special occasion, no delicate flutes and definitely no ridiculous attempts at sabrage (my apartment is 500 sq ft and I'm sure the cork would just ricochet off every wall and then hit me in the face). ??️?? Tonight, I'm enjoying thisJEIO Valdobbiane Prosecco Brut Superiore D.O.C.G. that was gifted to me by the folks over at @trialtowines.I'm loving all the notes of pear, white flowers and lime coupled with the fine bubbles. This wine is versatile. I'd love to try it with some Thai red curry. Right now, I'm pairing it with some quality time on the couch with a book ( The History of Wine in 100 bottles). Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday evening. Do you have a favorite wine book? P.S. You can get this wine at Marquis or at Kitsilano Wine Cellar. #wines #prosecco #yvrwine #italianwine #sparklingwine #vancouver #yvrfood #winebooks #blackwinelovers #winelover#winewednesday

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Jasmine Lukuku, actor, brand strategist, and self-proclaimed “wine weirdo,” created The Black Food Bloggers Club, a Facebook group that connects black food bloggers with one another.  

You can find helpful wine recs on her personal account, as well as recipe inspiration from BIPOC creators at @blackfoodbloggers. 

Read more here. 

10. Mila Clarke Buckley

Follow: @thehangrywoman

⁣ ⁣I love salads. I eat them more times in a week than I don’t. I hate that people think that because I don’t post a salad on my Instagram feed or blog every single day that I’m not “doing diabetes right.” These platforms are a glimpse, a snapshot.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣But here is a favorite from the archives, because I guess I gotta prove I make salads. Chopped kale salad with grilled chicken, chickpeas, olives, red onion tomatoes, @parmigianoreggiano and pepitas. Green goddess is my go to dressing for this one (and most salads, I’m biased). You can find it on by searching “chopped salad.”⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣If you’re here from my @yahoolifestyle article, I would love to meet you. Say hi in the comments! It’s always nice see some new friendly faces. ?⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣#diabetes #t2d #salad #choppedsalad #eatyourgreens #keto #ketosalad #ketorecipes #lowcarbrecipies #lowcarb #hangrywoman #eatthis #diabetesawareness #diabetesdiet #diabetesmanagement

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After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Mila Clarke Buckley started The Hangry Woman to help others living with the chronic illness.

Her Instagram feed features recipes, cooking inspiration, self-care tips, and diabetes management resources. 

Get recipes and more here. 

11. Shanika Graham-White

Follow: @orchidsnsweettea_

Nachos ARE LIFE‼️Yes, you’ve read that right. I’m a lover of nachos and I’ve been so excited to share this recipe with you all. These Loaded Vegan Queso Skillet Nachos are the best you’ll ever taste! Never spend another occasion or weeknight contemplating the best vegan dish that works for the entire family—-this is it! Easy to make and only one pan required!??Tap the link in bio @orchidsnsweettea_ for recipe or GOOGLE ‘Orchids + Sweet Tea Loaded Vegan Queso Skillet Nachos’ #orchidsandsweettea . . . . . . . . . . . . . #foodinfluencer #feedfeed #plantbasedfoodie #blackgirlswhoblog #huffposttaste @buzzfeedfood #teamcanon #todayfood #essenceeats #thekitchn #healthyeating #bonappetit #eatbetternotless #f52grams #thewayweeat #weeknightmeals #vegannachos #rippedrecipes #onthetable #eater #veganrecipes #veganfoodshare

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If you love comfort food with a healthy twist, stop what you’re doing and follow Shanika Graham-White at @orchidsnsweettea_.

Shanika’s stunning feed, as well as her blog, features creative and good-for-you recipe inspiration. 

Get recipes and more here. 

12. Jazzmine Woodard

Follow: @dashofjazzblog

When life gives you cookie butter, make cookie butter cookies…then turn them into ice cream sandwiches (swipe!) This recipe makes the most PERFECT cookies with crisp edges and a soft center and squeezing scoops of your favorite ice cream in between takes them over the top! Click the link in my bio for the easy recipe ??‍? #cookiebutter #traderjoesrecipes #stressbaking

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Dash of Jazz exists to “help busy women master the art of #adulting,” according to Jazzmine Woodard’s bio. 

Simple recipes, life hacks, and fun photos abound on her Instagram feed. 

Get recipes and more here. 

13. Erika Council 

Follow: @thesouthernsouffle

My Uncle Bobby called molasses “Gods syrup” and would pour it on sliced bananas then spread it all on a piece of bread. I would not recommend that but adding molasses to banana bread is my favorite way to make it.Happy Sunday ?

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Erika Council, owner of  Biscuit Pop-Ups in Atlanta, shares beautiful “tales of food, love and freedom.”

In addition to running a successful blog, Erika is a leading voice in the African American food community. 

Get recipes and more here. 

14. Shawanda Mason-Moore

Follow: @eatdrinkfrolic

Everyone is hot and irritated.Be hot and less irritated with this gin + grapefruit cucumber cooler. #EDFcocktails

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Eat Drink Frolic seamlessly blends food, drink, and lifestyle content in an approachable way. 

Creator Shawanda Mason-Moore co-founded The Chattery, a Tennessee non-profit learning collective. 

Get recipes and more here. 

15. Arley Arrington

Follow: @arley.cakes

It always comes down to this. ?? As of today, 93% of people who have died from COVID19 in Richmond have been African American. All but one. So again, ??white supremacy, and ?? coronavirus. (

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Arley Arrington, owner of custom baked goods company Arley Cakes, shares stunning baked goods on her Instagram feed. 

For some serious inspiration, check out her powerful social justice cakes highlight reel. 

Read more here. 


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