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Fresh Off the Boat Audiobook

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

"Long before I met him, I was a fan of his writing, and his merciless wit. He’s bigger than food." (Anthony Bourdain)

Eddie Huang is the 30-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 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 21st century. It’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.

©2013 Eddie Huang (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Mercilessly funny and provocative, Fresh Off the Boat is also a serious piece of work - and an important one. Eddie Huang is hunting nothing less than Big Game here - a question, a conversation, an argument: Who are we? If somebody’s going to put a thumb in your eye, it should probably be Eddie Huang. He does everything with style." (Anthony Bourdain)

"Brash, leading-edge, and unapologetically hip, Huang reconfigures the popular foodie memoir into something worthwhile and very memorable." (Publishers Weekly)

"Eddie Huang has a delightfully funny and down-to-earth narration style that captures the cultural nuances, mannerisms, and speech patterns of a diverse range of characters.... [H]is affable persona, expressive reading, occasional chuckles, and intentional digressions from the book to directly address audio listeners make his story and performance compelling and charming." (AudioFile)

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    Blake mitchell Massachusetts 01-07-17
    Blake mitchell Massachusetts 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "damn this dude cooks up a story and serves it well"

    Talk about the American dream, sautayed in Scarface, and served over a bed of Hip Hop. Culturally sound and thought provoking. he hits your brain with Sweet and tangy wit that is straight up no chaser honesty. and to top it all off you can hear his sincere​ love for food and his emotional connection to it. damn I gotta go I'm hungry.

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    J 12-08-16
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    "Spoke to me"

    I don't know what I expected but wow. This guy knows me. Congrats to Eddie. I'm very happy for his success.

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    kervin puckett 11-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Damn good book fam"

    Eddie wrote a dam good book. He's a smart dude, and he has guts & brass eggs which isn't a common combo. It is a fun funny and inspirational story and is definitely worth a listen. I'm no foodie so I skipped thru the recipe he gave but will eventually go back to it and give it a shot.

    Eddie does a decent job narrating, but you can tell he loses some of the enthusiasm he wrote with at certain parts to ensure what he's saying Mathew the print edition.

    Eddie seems look a good dude. I work in Manhattan so imma check out Boahuas and get some Boa

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    Simon Daoudi 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The true American dream story"

    It's a lot different than the TV show but if you're a fan of the NBA in the 1990's and hip-hop. Definitely check it out.

    It's a great story about the American dream and never giving up on yourself or your goals.

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    Bow Shot 11-03-16
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    "Great story"

    Having the author read it makes it feel so real. I don't think if I read it the experience would of been as good.

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    Edison 09-17-16
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    "A story that reflects Asian American struggle in s"

    Eddie Huang tells his story about Taiwanese culture and growing up in American society that doesn't fully understand his way of life. His voice reading the story made it thoroughly entertaining to listen for hours. As a memoir, I am bias because I saw a lot of what he had to grow through in my own personal life. I enjoy his restaurant BAUHAUS and glad to understand the story behind his life and events leading up to his success.

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    Edwin Troya 09-01-16
    Edwin Troya 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "sick"

    Eddie Huang is the Sh*t!!!! everyone should read this book...I highly recommend it.

    The way he explained how it was growing up..I grew up in a Hispanic household and there were parts I had to pause because i was on the floor laughing...I cant wait to go to his restaurant when im back in the east coast

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    Allison 08-13-16
    Allison 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved."

    Life changing. Moving. Excellent style. Cooking beef noodle soup tonight. Can't wait. Exactly what I needed to listen to.

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    Armando 08-08-16
    Armando 08-08-16
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    "This book had me on the edge of tears the first couple chapters!"

    Loved the realness of Eddie's book can definitely relate the childhood stories with getting disciplined by an immigrant father who happened to be an alcoholic... Great inspirational book for real tho also motivates me to take a trip to NY from Cali just to try the Bous; Love the beef noodle soup recipe too oh and I learned the proper use of the semi colon aswell. Great Job

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    Joseph Lawrence 08-05-16
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    "Fresh Read!"

    Loved this book! Listened to it with my 3 teenage kids in the car. Gave them a glimpse into Asian and Asian American life and culture, the hip hop culture their mom her up in, food culture, and just a cool coming of age story.

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