From the author of Fresh off the Boat, now a hit ABC sitcom, comes a hilarious and fiercely original story of culture, family, love, and red-cooked pork.
Eddie Huang was finally happy. Sort of. He'd written a best-selling book and was the star of a TV show that took him to far-flung places around the globe. His New York City restaurant was humming, his OKCupid hand was strong, and he'd even hung fresh Ralph Lauren curtains to create the illusion of a bedroom in the tiny apartment he shared with his younger brother, Evan, who ran their restaurant business.
Then he fell in love - and everything fell apart.
The business was creating tension within the family; his life as a media star took him away from his first passion - food; and the woman he loved - an All-American white girl - made him wonder: How Chinese am I?
The only way to find out, he decided, was to reverse his parents' migration and head back to the motherland. On a quest to heal his family, reconnect with his culture, and figure out whether he should marry his American girl, Eddie flew to China with his two brothers and a mission: to set up shop, to see if his food stood up to Chinese palates - and to immerse himself in the culture to see if his life made sense in China. Naturally, nothing went according to plan.
Double Cup Love takes listeners from Williamsburg dive bars to the skies over Mongolia, from Michelin-starred restaurants in Shanghai to street-side soup peddlers in Chengdu. The book rockets off as a sharply observed, globe-trotting comic adventure that turns into an existential suspense story with high stakes. Eddie takes listeners to the crossroads where he has to choose between his past and his future, between who he once was and who he might become. Double Cup Love is about how we search for love and meaning - in family and culture, in romance and marriage - but also how that search, with all its aching and overpowering complexity, can deliver us to our truest selves.
©2016 Eddie Huang (P)2016 Random House Audio
"Another punch of passion.... With his gift for conversation, edgy humor, and deeply knowledgeable palate, readers get a sense of a young chef on a serious quest.... His passion for food and determination to get things right - in the US, in China, and in his heart of hearts - mark every page." (Publishers Weekly)
"Huang possesses a fiery descriptive flair capable of splicing disparate cultural references with the acuity of a yakitori grill master.... A challenging author continues to bravely bare his soul along with his best dishes." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Chef Eddie Huang's rapid pace and East Coast Chinese-American persona make for a roller-coaster ride well worth hearing.... This is not just an audiobook. It's a storytelling masterpiece in the most comedic, sometimes outlandish, way." (AudioFile)
My husband is born-in-America, half-Irish, half-Chinese, adopted. I didn't buy this for him or to learn about his ancestors' culture but it did play a little influence on why it caught my attention. I've always wanted to travel but have 3 kids - so I listen to a lot of travel books.
I loved how he easily slipped between English and mandarin, how he described some of the layout and his interactions with locals. He didn't get too political and yet he still gave me an idea of what part communism plays in China. There were super educational bits like the Hakas slipped in there, in a way that it doesn't feel like learning yet you do. Listening to Eddie was like listening to a really cool teacher from back in my high school days - the type that gets how not everyone learns in the same way, and sometimes if you just slip facts in there they'll stick better. It was amazing.
I was laughing out loud for real within 10 Minutes! this is the type of book the you read over and over. Eddie is just funny and I like his style! so if you like fresh off the boat book or show you will love this book 👏👏👏👏
like his food it hits you on many levels. a love story meets an identity story at the same spot where your boy gets hungry & decides to show you what real food is about. mad props Eddie
Eddie Huang reading his first book for Audible was actually what convinced me that I needed audiobooks in my life. To have the author read their own words in a memoir adds another layer of richness to what was already an incredible collection of stories. Eddie's voice has a very unique quality to it, it's hard to describe but he transports you. He's not just reading the words, he feels them. I binged this one in TWO DAYS because I was so into it. You should do the same.
I loved Fresh of the Boat but this story is just OK. I hope Eddie keeps writing more books though. He's my kind of guy. Keeps it real and many people can identify with him. Since I don't know Chinese I got lost quite often with all the descriptions of dishes and places. But I understood the general idea. But I definitely would like to hear more about his life in Orlando. Fascinating stuff.
Publisher - Owner Media Group
Eddie tells great stories that blend his street knowledge with his passion for food and his need to explore the depths of culture.
the mix of complexity and subtlety that Eddie talks about food really matters but I think he's going for in his writing. your job with the reading this book isn't to learn about a cook or learn about China or learn about any, but instead, to think about yourself and your position in the world and you are Pursuit and what matters to you.
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