If there’s anything better than the way fresh sourdough tastes (I know, doubtful), it would be the way it looks: cracked and golden outside, soft and stretchy inside, scored in stunning patterns that are nothing short of art. With that in mind, here are 22 sourdough bakers to follow on Instagram–for bread pictures that are especially drool-worthy.
(pictured above: Saturday’s loaf!) My husband used to bake sourdough regularly (affiliate link: recipe in this book), but two babies, two houses and a couple years later it’s been harder to find the time. So last week, I ordered a new starter (affiliate link: from Breadtopia on Amazon), fed it, watched it and fed it again. In the days since, there have been a lot of helpful articles (multiple people recommended this site) and many YouTube how-to videos (this one’s great), but what’s really got me inspired is all the hole-y slices and scored loaves on Instagram. There is an entire world of sourdough bakers on Instagram! I will heart all their pics!
So in case you, too, love a little bread-baking beauty, here are 22 sourdough bakers on Instagram worth following:
1. @BlondieandRye / Hannah P.
Who knew sourdough could look so good?
2. @Joseybakerbread / Josey Baker
When your last name’s baker, what are the odds you’ll write a gorgeous cookbook all about bread? (Affiliate link: Josey Baker Bread) If you’ve heard of The Mill in San Francisco, you’ll probably like this.
3. @Maurizio / Maurizio Leo
Saveur magazine blog award winner, home sourdough baker at The Perfect Loaf.
4. @MinsKitchen / Min Kim
Traditional foods teacher. I’ve followed Min for years and can say confidently that if she is baking it, I am salivating over it. If she ever opens a restaurant, we will plan a vacation around visiting it.
5. @MyDailySourdoughBread, Natasa Djuric
Sourdough baker/teacher/photographer, author of the first Slovenian sourdough book.
6. @Sourdough_Mania / Anita Sumer
self-taught baker of artistic sourdough from Slovenia.
7. @SourdoughClub / The Sourdough Club
an account that celebrates sourdough loaves, shares tips from @SourdoughSchool.
bread farmer and sourdough bakery using local, organic ingredients and working on a cookbook.
9. @bellaartisanbaking, Leannah
i.e., the Instagrammer who’s inspired my new life goal to bake bread with holes like the ones you see on her account.
10. @TheCleverCarrot, Emilie Raffa
11. @Sarah_C_Owens, Sarah Owens
12. @KinshipBreadCo, Benjamin Watson
baker at Standard Baking Company in Portland, ME.
sourdough baker from Columbus, Ohio. Also worth noting are the photos of croissants and cronuts, oh my.
14. @CrustCrumbles, the account of Crust and Crumbles Bakery
making Rockford, IL look like a place I want to go.
15. @MothersOven, an artisan bread bakery in South Korea
proving the love of sourdough is worldwide.
16. @Yuentien, Marguerite
a home cook who posts beautiful, minimalist bread photography.
17. @VanessaKimbell, Vanessa Kimbell
the UK baker behind what’s currently the #1 new release in bread-baking books on Amazon (affiliate link:) The Sourdough School: The Ground-Breaking Guide to Making Gut-Friendly Bread.
18. @MJJTightLines, Matthew Jay Jones
former Tartine baker and head baker at San Francisco’s Outerlands.
19. @Ca_Mia_Breadlab, Matteo Festorazzi
author of (affiliate link) Natural Leavenings.
20. @FullproofBaking, Kristen D.
a home baker in Chicago who (understandably!) describes herself as obsessed with sourdough.
21. @BrooklynSourdough, Erin Slonaker
home baker who loves sourdough and named her starter Constance. (Can I steal this?)
22. @DanielTBarney, Daniel T Barney
baker of not only sourdough bread, but also killer-looking pizza.
Collecting All the Sourdough Bakers
Finding 22 bread-baking Instagrammers may seem excessive, but it’s truly only scratching the surface of jaw-dropping, inspiring sourdough bakers online. Are you a bread baker? Have you named your starter? Do you have any great tips to share?
I’d love to hear from you–reach out here!