I looked up recipes for Beetroot and found one in Jane Grigson’s Vegatable book for beetroot with potatoes that came from a book of recipes by Jessie Conrad, wife of the novelist Joseph. Mrs Conrad’s cookery book contained a preface written by her more famous husband who concluded that cookery books are the only truly moral books as there ‘only aim is to increase the happiness of mankind and add to the cheerfulness of nations.’ he argud that his theory was proved by the ferocity of native Indians around the Great Lakes was due to suffering from dyspepsia.

About scribblingadvocate

Born in Lancashire, Law degree from Sheffield University and MA in Creative Writing from Exeter. A barrister for twenty five years, who appeared in the Crown Courts in and around London. When I retired we moved to live in Devon, first on Dartmoor, more recently overlooking the Exe Estuary. After twenty years I still feel an exile from London. Married, no children but own an affable Springer Spaniel. I love reading, walking and travel. I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University and have written three books, Crucial Evidence, Reluctant Consent and Legal Privilege, all set in London. You can email me

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