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review It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food 103 À The daughter of a British Foreign Service officer Moira Hodgson spent her childhood in many a strange and exotic land She discovered American food in Saigon ate wild boar in Berlin and learned how to prepare potatoes from her eWell deserved reputation as a discerning critic whose columns in the New York Observer were devoured by dedicated food lovers for two decades A delightful memoir of meals from around the world complete with recipes It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time reflects Hodgson?. Moira Hodgson had an amazingly adventure filled life growing up living in different countries traveling with her family and meeting numerous types of people It made me envious of such an interesting childhood With her family connections she grew up in the midst of and was introduced to many well known people whether they be writers musicians composers designers politicians artists or chefs I enjoyed reading about the local food and cooking methods as well as daily life in the places she lived including her native England I found that than the descriptions of unimaginable to me expensive haute cuisine in exotic locations I liked hearing about her grandmother's recipes I did find my mind wandering a bit over the sometimes lengthy lists and personal details of people of whom I have never heard and who were not going to be part of the continuing story The author has had a great many jobs that would be the dream job for so many working in the UN food critic and reviewer for major newspapers and magazines freelance writer or not working but traveling the world The author described several poignant time capsule snapshots of life in out of the way places of the world that most likely no longer exist Her recounting of her experiences living in a small village in Mexico the desert in Morocco going to school in Vietnam prior to the Vietnam War and her home in pre War Berlin immediately before the Berlin Wall was erected was thoughtful while being both sad and comforting at times I still found the most pleasure in reading about her family as they grew up and older and eventually began to pass on Overall I really did like the book; my only reservation is the few seemingly topicless sections that don't really do anywhere I do plan to copy out a few of the recipes that are included in the book several but not so many they become annoying and look forward to trying some of the mundane ones

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The daughter of a British Foreign Service officer Moira Hodgson spent her childhood in many a strange and exotic land She discovered American food in Saigon ate wild boar in Berlin and learned how to prepare potatoes from her eccentric Irish grandmother Today Hodgson has a. It seemed like a good idea at the time Moira Hodgson has traveled the world living for many years abroad even as a child as she was taken along with her family as her father in the service of the British Foreign Service is stationed in Saigon or other exotic locales She becomes a food journalist and meets and befriends many writers and artistsI enjoyed the early parts of the book much than the walk of fame that became the second half I found her childhood recollections of life in Egypt and long ocean voyages interesting and fun I found her descriptions of dinners with famous guests and her long laborious descriptions of all the names she knew rather dullI also found that she skipped over bits which I would have loved to hear about Such as living with only one eye I know from reading Sacks that people with only one working eye or lacking some component of 'normal' sight do actually have a very different view of the world and I would have been very interested in hearing her perspective on that She also glosses over the various deaths of her family members most notably her mother who gets the briefest mention one would think it barely affected her compared with her fathers death which shows so much emotion in her writingIt was a strange memoir to me Moira spends so much of it talking about the famous people and less talking about her own family members I hadn't really found a memoir such as this before and don't know if I'd be likely to read Hodgson again

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time My Adventures in Life and Food?s talent for connecting her love of food and travel with the people and places in her life Whether she’s dining on Moroccan mechoui a whole lamb baked for a day over coals or struggling to entertain in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment her reminiscences are always a tre. Surprisingly the text is staccato for three uarters of the book and only smooths out when the author who is a food writer begins to explain her modern life Although the prose evens out the content becomes rushed and less thoughtful as if she had missed the publisher's deadline Although she spends pages on her father's death she only mentions that both her parents are dead now There is nothing to indicate in the book that she disliked her mother so that her death didn't affect her as much as her father's Also we are somewhat involved with her during her various loves but her husband and father of her child is barely mentioned The recipes and mentions of food are often contrived to fit the theme of the book and aren't really useful The most interesting part for me was her seven years with poet Merwin whose work I've highly respected especially his translations for years This could have been a much better book Hodgson led an interesting life thanks to her father's position as British Diplomat actually a spy and she held a very influential position as a NYT food critic I'm sorry that I wasn't enchanted by her writing or her characters because her writing ability is not made for warmth but for facts