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Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir - Eddie Huang
Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
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Eddie Huang is the thirty-year-old proprietor of Baohaus—the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night—and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he... show more
Eddie Huang is the thirty-year-old proprietor of Baohaus—the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night—and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own.

Eddie grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, raised by a wild family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, Eddie burned his way through American culture, defying every “model minority” stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the All-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food—from making Southern ribs (and scoring drugs) with the Haitian cooks in his dad’s restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother’s kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion renegade, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved—past and present, family and food—into his own restaurant, bringing together a legacy stretching back to China and the shards of global culture he’d melded into his own identity.

Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the twenty-first century—it’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 8601403937324
ASIN: B00N4HZI8K
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Edition language: English
Category:
Biography Memoir
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ELK's Library
ELK's Library rated it
3.5 Fresh Off the Boat
As memoirs go, this was a bit of a disappointment. I really can't stand reading memoirs, where the author keeps making the same mistakes over and over again with no sign of learning anything. The author keeps doing the same things ad nauseum and gets the same results. Even when he claims to have rec...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it
4.0 Fresh Off the Boat
2 Very Important Notes: 1)I listened to this book and devoured it, I'm not sure I would have liked it so much if I had read the physical book. 2) This book is not for everyone, I think it's a love it or hate it book without much middle ground. Eddie Huang is incredibly smart and talented. He spea...
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