Venice-based cook and writer Skye McAlpine has a food blog for all the right reasons. “From My Dining Table” is where she shares her recipes and secrets and her Instagram account is a delicious extension of those.
When we came across her lively, summery feed we couldn’t resist. We love her innovative yet traditional approach to cooking where her ingredients are fresh and her recipes comforting.
A unique perspective is probably the most important thing for me – I love the feeds that make me look at the world in a different way.
How does Instagram affect your work?
Instagram is a great source of inspiration for me – I love that insight which it gives you into people’s worlds, from all walks of life and with so many varied interests. And I have also met some really interesting people through Instagram. That said, sometimes it can be a little distracting – especially when I am wrestling with writer’s block. It’s very easy to find that the whole day has whiled away, scrolling through beautiful accounts, and I’m still sitting in front a blank page.
Tell us a bit about what inspires you.
Many of the beautiful, captivating images on Instagram, of course. And, goodness, so many other things: piles of fresh fruit or flowers at the market. Old cookbooks – especially ones with a beautiful narrative to them. Dappled light. I take a lot of inspiration for the colours and textures of the old buildings around Venice. Old masters paintings, particularly ones with evocative tablescape scenes. The pages of fashion magazines. I try to always keep my eyes open and take inspiration from all the beautiful things that surround me. I think it helps me stay true to myself and not be too heavily influenced by whatever happens to be trending online right now.
Do you always feel inspired and ready to post everyday?
I don’t tend to post to a schedule – unfortunately, I’m not quite organised enough to make that happen! So, when I see something that I think is beautiful or a moment that I want to share – usually something that is making me happy – I take a photo and if I like it, I will post it.
What defines a great Instagram feed in your opinion?
A unique perspective is probably the most important thing for me – I love the feeds that make me look at the world in a different way. And then, beautiful images, of course, is always captivating. I know that a lot of people like feeds with a muted colour palette and a minimalist aesthetic, but I love colour and opulence and plenty – I always find myself drawn to that.
What do you hope viewers get from your work?
I very much hope that they feel inspired to cook, from the recipes featured on my Instagram account and my blog (www.frommydiningtable.com). I also share details of my life in Venice: what it is like to live in a city with no cars and where the buildings date mostly back to the Renaissance. I hope that people will feel more inspired to visit the city and to explore those secret, hidden corners that I love so much.
What are some of your favorite handles?
@marte_marie_forsberg for idyllic scenes from the English countryside; @lacoquetakids for beautiful children’s fashion; @swallowsanddamsons for the prettiest pictures of flowers; and @local_milk for bohemian travels and magical light.