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A number of culinary superstars continue to raise their social media game to not only keep busy and sane, but also educate their followers on how to make do on the food front during these challenging times. Through cooking clubs, live tutorials, and recipe suggestions that make the most of limited fridge and pantry options, these celebrity chefs are converting their Instagram accounts into indispensable cooking resources. Below you’ll find our favorite accounts from familiar food world favorites that are absolute must-follows.

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Alton Brown

It’s no surprise this culinary know-it-all (not an insult!) has been eager to lend his expertise during the pandemic. Check out Brown’s Instagram to stay to up-to-date with his ever-expanding empire including series staltwart “Good Eats” and his latest YouTube ventures “Pantry Raid,” which focuses on recipes with easy-to-procure ingredients (think Dalgona Coffee) and the live-streamed “Quarantine Quitchen” which also has an IG recap because you can never get enough of Alton.

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Massimo Bottura

This Modena native and three-Michelin-star recipient helped kick off the Instagram cooking craze with his “Kitchen Quarantine” series, which goes live at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT. The ever-jovial Bottura offers easy-to-follow tutorials on how to prepare everything from Paciugo (see above) to vegetable green curry. Thankfully, fluency in Italian is not required—his daughter/director offers English narration (and the two will even swap languages on occasion).  

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David Chang

From tips on how to easily regrow the green shoots of scallions to the best way to freeze a large batch of rice to the merits of saving your bacon grease, turn to David Chang’s IG. Keeping with these crazy times, Chang’s latest obsession is defying cooking conventions, whether it’s preparing Italian noodles in a wok or whipping up homemade ricotta to schmear on bagels and lox.

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Michael Symon

If it’s simple comfort food you crave, this Iron Chef’s IG is where it’s at. Many of his creations are of the one sheet, one pot, or one pan variety for those of you already fatigued from spending a ton of time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. He’s even looking out for the vegans with a Mac & “Cheese” with zero dairy but plenty of flavor.

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Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver’s “Keep Cooking and Carry On” has been essential quarantine viewing since it began airing on the UK’s Channel 4 in March. But for those who don’t have access to the series which navigates the complexities of a COVID-19 kitchen, we suggest turning to the British cooking sensation’s Instagram where you’ll find recaps and links to “easy” recipes for homemade bread, carbonara and much more.

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Ina Garten

Ina Garten is the undisputed grand doyenne of simple yet elevated home cooking. When she isn’t busy shaking things up with over-sized viral cocktails, the Barefoot Contessa offers some of her signature recipes (savory and sweet) with a side of kitchen organizing tips. Best of all, she is game to interact with her followers so if you seek expert cooking advice or just want to check in on Jeffrey, chime in with a comment.

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Richard Blais

Along with his signature whismy the “Top Chef All-Stars” winner shares more refined meals to cook up with limited options. Go crazy with “Whatyagotchos” a a fridge and pantry-clearing mish-mosh of poached chicken, green olives, vegan mozzarella, dill, and keto ranch. But if that’s a little extra, he also keeps things simple by grilling up some sausage and peppers.

Christina Tosi

There’s no better chef to start an Instagram-driven baking club than the renowned Milk Bar founder. The ingredient list (which is focused on pantry staples) is posted the night before, and then at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, she goes live with instructions on what to do with them. Take her recipe for Cut-Out Cookies which consisted of just five ingredients (all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, softened unsalted butter, kosher salt, and confectioners sugar). But Tosi being Tosi, she took it a quirky extra step by making two different glazes, one infused with carrot juice and the other with cola.

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Geoffrey Zakarian

Who would know better than a “Chopped” judge how to convert a limited selection of ingredients into something not just edible, but mouth-watering? Zakarian’s #AtHomewithGZ video tutorials don’t feature any curve balls like durian or dried tarantulas but instead focus on maximizing the minimal, whether he’s offering five options for boiling an egg or tips for a pared down big batch bolognese.  

Giada De Laurentiis

True to form, Giada De Laurentiis is serving up easy, accessible, family-friendly dishes during the quarantine with her Pantry Recipe Central posts. The Food Network icon is adapting some of her most popular recipes for threadbare kitchens. No surprise, there’s a particular focus on Italian-influenced eats so if you’re craving dishes like chicken tetrazzini or slow cooker quinoa minestrone, Giada has you covered.

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David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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