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Food Heaven / Betsy Halsey

Instagram is such a treasure trove of food content that it could put The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and Pinterest out of business. Whether you’re looking for paleo recipes, vegan eats, or just plain comfort food, there’s an account out there that suits your distinct ~culinary needs~ to a T.

Whatever corner of the foodie world you find yourself in, though, it’s important to make sure you’re diversifying your feed. Food is a complex, emotional thing—so if all of the chefs and recipe pros you follow look the same or come from a certain background, well, you’re missing out on valuable perspective and flavors.

“There are so many chefs and home cooks of color out there,” explains Alex Hill, the recipe developer and cooking instructor behind Instagram’s Just Add Hot Sauce. “They represent different styles and bring inspiration from their upbringing and unique experiences from their lives. Diversifying your IG feed can open your world and your palette to so many cultures. I’m an Afro-Latina and a lot of my food has that flare to it!” (Seriously, her curry lamb could warm up even the coldest of souls.)

Need I say more? To find a new appreciation for the food on your plate and the people and stories behind your favorite recipes, give these 30 Black chefs and foodies a follow on Instagram. I promise, your taste buds (and perspective) will thank you a million times over. Now go forth and smash that “follow” button!