5 Holiday Food Porn Instagrams to Follow Instead of Actually Doing Any Cooking Yourself

Holiday cooking is hard—but staring at mouthwatering Instagrams? Easy.

Whether you've been spending the entire month of December baking cookies by the dozen and mapping out your mega multi-course holiday feast—or whether you prefer to limit your involvement to handing the host a bottle of wine you bought on the way over—you deserve to take a break and indulge in some straight-up holiday food porn. Thanks to a little thing called Instagram, that takes pretty much zero effort, at least a lot less than actually preparing any of the food yourself. OK, so you won't be able to taste these luscious things (unless you actually hunker down and try the recipes, or order some of these treats online), but vicarious feasting means you won't have to do any of the cleanup either. Here, five feeds to check out for festive food porn this week:

@hol_fox

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We'll never be able to make cookies that look anywhere near as perfect as these, but we'll settle for gazing at these Technicolor sugar cookies baked into adorable mini shapes of all things winter-related: stockings, snowflakes, presents, Christmas trees and more. They're created by graphic designer Holly Fox, who sells these beauties as a side gig and bakes, ices, styles and photographs all of the cookies herself. And if you decide your holiday spread won't be complete without confections that look just like tiny winter mittens, you can pick up a few dozen from Fox's Etsy shop.

@nigellalawson

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It's no surprise that every photo posted to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson's Instagram is simply stunning, but her feed is also filled with her signature "Christmas inspiration" recipes. There are cute boxes of Puddini Bonbons, edible snowflake Christmas ornaments, luxe fruitcake, and gift-friendly jars stuffed with fig-and-olive chutney. She also makes the most of seasonal winter ingredients like chestnuts, pomegranate seeds, and cranberries, and makes it easy to find the recipes for every dish she posts to her account.

@londonscocktails

This roundup of photos of some of London's loveliest libations is overflowing with fun and festive holiday-themed drinks right now. Many are concoted with holidayish ingredients like housemade cinnamon, fruitcake bitters (!), and white chocolate. But what makes the photos is all that gorgeous glassware and garnish—from smoking rosemary to cinnamon sticks to dehydrated clementines to mini gingerbread men. We dare you to get through this one without wanting to shake up a cocktail immediately.

@ciaochowbambina

After spending decades working in education, mom of three Annie Sageer decided to delve into photography when she became an empty nester. Clearly she's got a knack for it: Her Instagram account is worth checking out for Sageer's lovely, often Italian-inspired kitchen creations (which she explains in detail on her website). Currently you'll find all kinds of warming winter dishes and desserts Italian-Americans will recognize from holiday celebrations, like a pretty olive oil cake with a splashy dark chocolate drizzle and chocolate Italian "meatball" Christmas cookies covered in a sugary glaze and red and green sprinkles.

@spoonforkbacon

What happens when a food stylist and a photographer team up? You get an Instagram feed showcasing beautiful food photos like these. Most of the posts correlate to pics and recipes from their blog by the same name and, this time of year, you'll see holiday dinner-worthy dishes from an elegant standing rib roast to the ridiculously decadent-looking cheesy herb and pomegranate pull-apart bread. And of course there's also an array of stunning desserts, like the perfect apple-cranberry cake with brown-sugar buttercream adorned with sage leaves and cranberries.  

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