Household Books Published in Britain: all volumes
ROBERTS, Dr Harry 30 September 1871-November 194
The story of this author's life is told in ""Doctor himself": an unorthodox biography of Harry Roberts 1871-1946" by Winifred Stamp, London: Hamish Hamilton, . @Roberts edited "The country handbooks" series and "Handbooks of practical gardening" series, both of which have some numbers which are concerned with cookery. Roberts himself was the author of the cookery sections in some cases. See the two series titles for a list of those numbers described in the bibliography.
- The tramp's hand-book
The tramp's | hand-book | by Harry Roberts | Illustrated by William Pascoe
London and New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head; 1903
17.0 x 10.5 cm Pp [i-vi] vii [viii] ix [x-xii], 1-175, [i-v] publ ads [3s 6d or $1.00 limp cloth, 4s 6d or $1.20 limp leather, in publ ad] Full green leather with tent on front
GB: *LB LoEN OB
US: DLC ICRL PP PPL CU-A NIC ICJ MB
Although only about one-third of the text covers food and cookery, the subject of outdoor cooking # especially from a tramp's point of view # is so rarely treated that this volume deserves inclusion in the bibliography. "The tramp's hand-book" is No. 1 in the series, "The country handbooks".
On the front end-paper of the LB copy there is a handwritten inscription, probably by the author, which reads, "In memory of a memorable meal H R".
Chapters of interest include "Concerning food", "The roadside fire", "Roadside cookery", "Wild food", "Fruits and herbs of the hedgerow" and "Mushrooms and truffles". As well as the more usual foods, Roberts discusses snails, larvae and caterpillars from a culinary standpoint.
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