food porn

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Our safe word is ‘eggplant.’

Fuck Soylent.

The so-called food of the future can’t boast verdant shades of green like a freshly washed asparagus stalk. It won’t inspire you to cook tonight. Nobody’s running home to watch a haul video of those Franzia-packaging-meets-almond-milk-color bags of mush or dreaming up new and different ways to slice it up. Soylent has never inspired erotic photography.

But real food has. And in so many ways, even the non-erotic photography of a succulent vegetable or golden pancake or juicy peach has an arousing feel to it too: There’s a reason it’s called food porn.

Below, we’ve collected 13 of the best food porn accounts on Instagram. From mouthwatering meats and perfect plates to delectable desserts, you’ll find something for every palate on this menu.

1) food52

Food52 launched with the goal of becoming a hub for cooks to share recipes, tips, and tricks, but its Instagram outpost gives all of it an eminently double-tappable aesthetic. The account occasionally runs contests for user-submitted photos, but every post—amateur or professional, sweet or savory—will make your mouth water.


2) foodtypography

For every time your parents told you not to play with your food, there’s a post on @foodtypography. Columbus, Ohio’s Danielle Evans marries delicious ingredients with playful puns and a profound respect for design in this eye-catching account. The only problem? Her creations might just be too pretty to eat.


3) thepioneerwoman

The Pioneer Woman is the online persona of “desperate ranch wife” Ree Drummond. While not all her posts are about food—you’ll also find scenic country views and videos of basset hound Charlie—the food you do see is simple, accessible, impeccably plated, and includes names like “deep dish fruit pizza.”


4) debperelman

Drummond’s New York City-based counterpart is Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman, who blogs from a 42-square-foot kitchen with better natural light than you could ever dream of having. She’s a comfort food junkie, but she’s not afraid of a challenge, having once baked a wedding cake from the confines of her tiny kitchen. Try not to fall in love with her excellent photography and adorable children. (Full disclosure: This writer once penned an embarrassingly adoring, Julie and Julia–inspired love letter to Perelman that is almost assuredly at the bottom of a towering pile of fan mail.)


5) sushiporn

When general-interest foodie favorites just won’t do and Jiro Dreams of Sushi is playing for the 90th time in the background, nothing else will satisfy but sushiporn. Follow this account for a better appreciation of fine cuts of fish, knife skills, and what avocado looks like under every filter imaginable.


6) lauraponts

Laura López is a food stylist by trade, so this immaculate collection of food porn should come as no surprise. Her skillfully arranged arrays of food borderline on sensory overload, with new tiny details there to reward every repeated glance.

Breakfast😋

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7) fooditsgood

Gluttony is the name of the game on this account, which features many handheld monstrosities positively dripping in gooey chocolate and caramel. If you were wondering where all the guilty pleasures on Instagram live, look no further. Warning: These photos are best viewed from a treadmill, for your arteries’ sake.

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8) brigadeirochoc

Clarice Chian’s indulgent photos aren’t for the faint of heart. Her full-bleed food spreads will bowl you over, but it’s the simplest shots on plain backgrounds that have earned her thousands upon thousands of likes.

Hope you are having a sweet Sunday! 🍫 #fromthecuttingroomfloor

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9) jbgorganic

Johnson’s Backyard Garden is redefining fresh from the heart of Austin, Texas. These photos of leafy greens and perfect veggies will remind you what the farm-to-table movement is all about. And if you’re lucky enough to live in Austin, they can serve as a helpful preview of what’s hitting the farmers’ market stands that weekend.

Check this week's CSA box! What are you making? jbgorganic.com/blog

A photo posted by Johnson's Backyard Garden (@jbgorganic) on


10) olganoskovaa

Olga Noskova went viral earlier this month for her showstopping cakes with glazes so smooth they look like marbles. Britney Spears declared them too pretty to eat, but of course, you’d have to get your hands on one first: Noskova bakes in Ufa, Russia, 300 miles from the Kazakhstan border.

💙💙💙

A photo posted by Olga Noskova 🇷🇺 Ольга Носкова (@olganoskovaa) on


11) foodstarz_official

Both adventurous and artistic, these pristine plates represent the pinnacle of presentation excellence. Sure, sometimes they might look more like a terrarium than a meal, but you’ll feel like you’re watching the best Top Chef finale with every new post.


12) baeslovefood

Sometimes it’s important to balance the whimsical professional-grade posts with a healthy helping of realism, and it doesn’t get any more real than an In-N-Out double-double and an array of store-bought donuts. From oozing cheeseburgers to powdered-sugar-coated pancakes, this account is what I’d imagine pregnancy cravings to look like in visual form.

Freshly-made pork soup dumplings 😍 #baeslovefood

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13)
foodgawker

FoodGawker is the crown jewel of food porn. With thousands of user-submitted photos of every type of cuisine imaginable, its database is the ultimate foodie repository—each shot somehow better than the last. The Instagram account is dangerous enough, but if you dive into the full site, you might never make it back out.


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