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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)

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2002
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    Great story about Eddie Huang's path to adulthood. Lot's of interesting twists and turns in this dudes life. While I was pleased that Eddie narrated the book, he could do a little better on speaking speed and elocution....all in an effort to raise my ability fully understand what he was saying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-31-13
    Lawerence Brooklyn, NY, USA 05-31-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Very hip but totally self serving"
    What would have made Fresh Off the Boat better?

    If the whole thing wasn't one big front about the author..


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eddie Huang again?

    Don't think so


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was the author, Eddie Huang, and he sounded like a very self satisfied person making a long stump speech about himself and how cool he was about everything.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great stories about food and underground type restaurants. Also lots of street slang and a good flow.


    Any additional comments?

    Very hip regarding food, basketball, outsider immigrant street boy does really well experiences. I felt the author was a hypocrite once I got into the book. He cried foul the whole time he was having a great time. This book will be popular for anyone feeling victimized or stereotyped as an immigrant minority figure. The author is a good writer and very intelligent but the whole book is like a prequel to his wanting to be celebrity cool and successful with anything he touches. I didn't buy into the authors view at all and found him quite annoying in spite of all the slick writing and terminology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Riley Taigum, Australia 02-06-13
    Riley Taigum, Australia 02-06-13
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    "Coming to America 2.0"
    What made the experience of listening to Fresh Off the Boat the most enjoyable?

    hilarious and fresh take on a memoir, albeit maybe a bit premature in his career. Huang is eloquent and very entertaining.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    timothy United States 02-01-13
    timothy United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OUTSTANDING!"

    I expected this to be good, and it's better than expected. I'm only on chapter 7 and it's fckin' outstanding. I had to stop listening on the bus today to keep from laughing all by myself like an asshole. This guy delivers every time, on Vice and in the book. If you're 20 - 30ish and from any type of beat down background you'll get it instantly. The performance is great too, you just might have to be from the right segment of the population to get it. He is writing for a generation that thinks and speaks quickly. I'm from Oklahoma and I understand him just fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack ATHOL, MA, United States 01-30-13
    Jack ATHOL, MA, United States 01-30-13
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    "Talks TOO Quickly"
    What disappointed you about Fresh Off the Boat?

    Great Story, if you can feel his stylish hip, cool language, i.e., my f((ing crib, i guess it's mad good this...or sick that...or ailing this. Run DMC.

    We can live with the hip hop cool language because it fits his story in a very genuine, honest Asian American experience.

    My only real issue is the delivery. In Eddie's passion, he speeds his delivery so much so that delivery is mumbled phraseology. Young adults will love this book. I didn't because I don't want to struggle listening to the story.

    Will not buy another book unless this is fixed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eddie


    How could the performance have been better?

    Slower Delivery


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-26-13
    Clayton ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great 1st generation perspective on food and life"
    If you could sum up Fresh Off the Boat in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, conversational, and funny memoir.


    What other book might you compare Fresh Off the Boat to and why?

    Reminds me of "Yes Chef" but with a little more grit and humor but the same enjoyable story of how food is so crucial to life.


    Which character – as performed by Eddie Huang – was your favorite?

    Of course the imitation of the mother is the best since no matter where you're from you can relate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    All around fun book and an easy inspiring read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jai Camberwell, Australia 03-12-13
    jai Camberwell, Australia 03-12-13
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    "Eddie Huang is the man!!"

    Eddie's story is pretty unique and rare, this guy is a true hustler.

    He is a great narrator and really brings his story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-25-13
    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Eye Opening!"
    Would you listen to Fresh Off the Boat again? Why?

    I think I got it all the first time, the story revealed much about his life growing up as a 1st and 2nd generation contemporary Chinese family living and working in Florida. Loved all the food references. One of my favorite parts was when he was at a friends house and the mom served food that he described as gray and slimy and brought out his gag reflex. It was tuna and mac n cheese!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Martin Ithaca, NY United States 02-14-13
    Sarah Martin Ithaca, NY United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "ill."

    Audible requires fifteen words to post this. These are they. Read this book. For real.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Rocklin, CA, United States 07-21-13
    Lawrence Rocklin, CA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Too much Gutter languare for me!!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't have good taste in speaking


    Would you be willing to try another book from Eddie Huang? Why or why not?

    Not if written by an educated person who constantly speaks using gutter language


    What didn’t you like about Eddie Huang’s performance?

    Possibly could have been a good book


    What character would you cut from Fresh Off the Boat?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish, as I could not tolerate the gutter language any more. Would recommend the book be re-written

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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