Welcome to the Insta-hood: @recipesinretrograde !

Hello everyone! I had a chance to interview fellow IG person Rachel and her account  is @recipesinretrograde !


  1. Tell me a little about yourself.

    Me and my grandmother, who was a fantastic cook!

“‘I’m a writer, editor and exercise instructor from the Toronto, Ontario area. I’ve always loved cooking – just try to pry my Instant Pot out of my hands, I dare you – crafting and antique shopping, so an account of this nature seemed like a natural fit. And if you can’t tell from my writing, my default setting is “sarcasm.”

2. How did you come with with your Instagram account name?

“I wanted to riff on “Retro Recipes” while being a little tongue-in-cheek. Everyone had been speaking recently about Mercury being in retrograde, and I thought it would be fun to use it as a play on words in my account name. ”

3. . What made you want to start this kind of Instagram account?

Vintage Magazines, especially Canadian Living, are a great source! 

“I recently found myself out of work and living once again with my mother in the town I grew up in. Together these factors really ramped up the stress in my life, so in order to distract myself during the job hunt I decided to go through my mom’s expansive retro cookbook collection, many of which I remember her cooking from when I was young. Then COVID-19 hit, and it simply made sense to keep digging. I’ve been at it now for about two months and it’s truly helped me keep what little of my sanity I have left.”

4.Have you tried to make any of these recipes that you posted?


“Many of the recipes from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook that I have posted have been attempted by my mom over the years, and the Scotch egg I shared was a favourite in our household. However, I personally haven’t tried many of them, mainly because I try to include kooky, strange-sounding concoctions with ingredients that make you go, “What? Why?” Once the account picks up more steam, I think it would be fun to include videos or testimonials of my attempts to make these offbeat recipes though, so be on the lookout for that. ”


Betty Crooker’s Cook Book Aka the Bible 

5. Where do you find your material? What is your favorite cookbook you have so far in your collection?

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“As I mentioned, my mom’s cookbook shelf has been an immeasurable help in my search. I’ve also purchased a few choice copies from fellow cookbook collectors on Instagram and etsy, and I sometimes scour thrift stores for cheap and hard-to-find titles.”

If you like more information, Rachel can be reached at the following:



She always welcomes submissions as well!


Thank you so much for the interview!!!

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