We’ve all been cooking more at home over the last several months, which means you might have just about cooked through all your standards. If you’re looking to expand your recipe repertoire, or just want some good-looking food in your feed, here’s a collection of Jewish foodies worth following. It includes longtime Jewish cooking authorities and newer voices, Food Network stars and lifestyle upstarts, all with different points of view and takes on Jewish food. Find the ones that speak to you and give them a follow!
There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Molly Yeh from her show, “Girl Meets Farm,” on Food Network, her cookbooks or her blog, which she’s had since 2009. Her recipes are inspired by her Jewish and Asian roots, and also by her move from Brooklyn to a small town in Minnesota to be with her farmer husband. She posts Pinterest-worthy photos of farm and family life (she now has a 1-year-old daughter), and her upbeat attitude and colorful, simple recipes might be just what you need as the weather starts to get colder.
Jake Cohen’s Instagram bio is: “Nice Jewish Boy. Always hungry.” If that sounds like someone you’d like to hang out with, I recommend giving Jake a follow. He’s had a long career in food, from working the line in reputable New York City restaurants to running recipe development at Saveur. He’s now in charge of recipe content at The Feedfeed and working on his first cookbook, “Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch.” His Instagram posts are a mix of fun-to-watch overhead recipe tutorials and punny, self-deprecating captions. But you’ll learn something, too—his challah-braiding tutorials are full of good info.
Fans of Yotam Ottolenghi’s sophisticated yet approachable style will enjoy food writer and cookbook author Adeena Sussman, too. Her Instagram feed is as colorful and global as you’d expect from a California-born former New Yorker who is now based in Tel Aviv. She posts a lot of photos from her 2019 cookbook, “Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen,” and often provides the recipes for them in the caption. But even when she doesn’t, the photos themselves are simply beautiful by themselves.
What Jew Wanna Eat
Amy Kritzer Becker loves rainbows, exclamation points and a good pun (”brunch like a lox star,” anyone?). More than a decade ago, she quit her corporate job to pursue her dream of a career in food. At the time, she was living in Texas, but life (and her husband’s job) took her to Puerto Rico a couple of years ago. Her Instagram feed features her modern, seasonal takes on classic Jewish dishes that any millennial would love, including chocolate pumpkin almond rugelach, deep-fried matzah balls and tahini pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, created exclusively for JewishBoston.com.
If you’re looking for more meat-free dishes to try, you might get some new ideas from Tori Avey’s feed. She’s not exclusively plant-based—she posts the requisite brisket and roast chicken recipes—but she makes an effort to share vegetarian recipes and calls them out when she does. The recipes she features are seasonal and straightforward but not trendy. Her love of history is also apparent in her feed; she often shares how her family and Israeli in-laws inspired the recipes.
Busy in Brooklyn
Chanie Apfelbaum’s cookbook is called “Millennial Kosher,” which is a good description of her Instagram feed. It’s got approachable recipes, beautiful tablescapes and the ultimate foodie badge of honor: a photo with Ina Garten. She elevates the traditional Jewish recipes she grew up with in Brooklyn, and usually keeps an eye on keeping them kid-friendly for her five children.
Rebekah Lowin’s Instagram feed is full of big ideas and small details to make everything from Jewish holidays to weekly Shabbat dinners feel special. A magazine editor by day, she started posting a little more than a year ago to fill what she found to be an absence of Jewish holiday content in women’s media. With her clever decorating ideas and Pinterest-worthy recipes, she’s certainly made a case for filling that gap.
Jamie Gellar’s website is one of the best-known online resources for kosher recipes, and her Instagram posts are as thorough as her online archive. She doesn’t post as often as some other people, but that’s probably because most of her posts are video tutorials that walk you through one of her recipes. If you’re looking for step-by-step videos of kosher standards, give her Instagram feed a look.
Nosh with Tash
Los Angeles-based food writer and TV show host Natasha Feldman just seems like a fun time. She’s a culinary school drop-out with a background in theater, which explains her quirky and self-deprecating yet authoritative style. She’s not afraid to talk about her mistakes or serendipitous successes in her life with food, so you get recipes you can rely on and, often, a good laugh.