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Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir | [Eddie Huang]

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

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. 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.
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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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    Matthew Bishop 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspired Story"

    Great insight to Eddie Huang. Inspirational story about finding your dream job and doing it your own way.

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    Erin Gilmore 05-12-15 Member Since 2014

    I love comedies and autobiographies, especially when read by the actual author. Keep 'em coming!

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    "Eh..."

    It's overrated. I'm only a few years older than Eddie, but it felt like listening to a 14 year old through the entire book.

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    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 05-12-15
    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2012

    I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.

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    "Droolin'"

    I started listening 'cause my family love the TV show, Fresh Off the Boat, but I kept listening when I found myself sucked into the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Matteucci Hayward, CA 05-02-15
    Carrie Matteucci Hayward, CA 05-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting view of America"

    Very masculine writing. I love that the author "Eddy Haung" narrates the book and adds little secret notes note written in the book. Not a touchy feely story, very matter of fact, told with the slang of his youth.

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    Jennifer Sinphay 04-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "SO GOOD!"

    If you grew up in the 90s, you will absolutely love this. It's like you're listening to a friend's life story. When the book finished, I was kind of bummed we couldn't "hang out" anymore.

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    agb123 04-09-15
    agb123 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Immigrant's Coming of Age Story"

    I heard Eddie on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and knew I wanted to learn more about this interesting young man. If you like the book, listen to the podcast. His story is that of an immigrant struggling to grow up and fit into American society. Eddie's language and style of speaking fools you into thinking he's one way, but you quickly learn he's complex, deep and intelligent. A deadly combination of both book and street smarts. He discusses his passion for cooking, music, delving into literary classics and writings, and running a hustle. The book is hilarious and tragic.

    It's understandable that some listeners are't fans of the author's narration style. It's different. Personally, I enjoyed his passion and don't think the audio book would have worked with any other narrator.

    I'm looking forward to the next memoir as Eddie has plenty of time to accumulate more stories. Enjoy.

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    kenyon 03-31-15
    kenyon 03-31-15
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    "great great great book!"

    This book was absolutely amazing! kudos to Eddie for knocking it out the park with this literary masterpiece!

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    Anthony 03-17-15
    Anthony 03-17-15
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    "eddie thanks for keepin it 100"

    best shit ive read in a long time 5 stars bro everything was relatable coming from an asian household.

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    Leslie 03-13-15
    Leslie 03-13-15
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    "Great book"

    Real, honest, easy to listen to. It made me keep wanting to know more. You should write another book Eddie.

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    H. Hull 03-11-15
    H. Hull 03-11-15
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    "Awesome story told through the voice of the author"

    I actually downloaded this book because I really like the new series based in the book, but the book goes way beyond funny and tells the story of an American born immigrant and how hard it is to hold onto your roots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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