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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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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "authentic"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    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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    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.

    2 of 3 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 Member Since 2014
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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


    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Matthew Lind 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    What I thought was going to be a simple "how i did it" memoir was so much more. Eddie's insights into race and culture are invaluable, and uniquely broadcast from his one-of-a-kind cadence and tone. Not only is the text itself a pleasure, but Eddie's reading of it is lively, entertaining, honest, and refreshing. He often goes "off-script" during the audiobook, elaborating in ways he doesn't in the printed version. He also genuinely re-experiences the moments he recalls, laughing along at funny stories, clearly affected by more troubling ones. As a result, this audiobook feels so much more like a conversation than any other I have listened to yet. Well done, Mr. Huang!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cheri 07-27-15
    cheri 07-27-15
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    "Hilarious!"
    Where does Fresh Off the Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my 5th Audiobook. best one I've listened to so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it related to my upbringing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Eating dan dan mian with his dad in Taiwan.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed so hard at some parts.
    The part where he says how getting beaten by your parents when you're younger really humbles you, that part really resonated with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome narration by Eddie Huang. Can't wait for a second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Des Rock 06-29-15
    Des Rock 06-29-15
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    "Eddie brings it home!"

    The most honest and solid books and performances of the yea that I've read.

    Eddies voice come through strong and deep in his novel. Fresh Off The Boat is one of those reads that opens your heart and leaves you feeling like a better person after readings. Eddie wrote s masterpiece that you brings to light his struggles and personal growth and accomplishments as an American.

    I heard about this book through DVDASA with David Choe. Hearing home speak is powerful and anyone who wants to be moved deep down and hear a real story of identity and adventure needs to check this book out. -Oliver Rock

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Xin Hong Durham, NC USA 06-26-15
    Xin Hong Durham, NC USA 06-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Extremely honest"

    You don't have to like his personality, his views or his food, but you have to admire his extreme honesty. It was a great pleasure to read this book-bold and truthful language, straightforward intelligence, sensational description of food. I resonate with this book a lot. This book is really a story about how a person deals with conflicts, differences, ignorance, prejudice as well as all the good stuff in life, and finally he could say: I got it, I made it. What he got is not a life like a light hearted cruise, but the confidence to sail on with an inner peace.

    I also like his attitude towards beed noodle soup: the sign that a chef is a good chef is not (just) how she can make new, fusion and exotic food people never heard of, but if she can cook a simple and classic dish like beef noodle soup well. It reminds me of this great small Cuban restaurant in Miami, La Rosa - even their Caesar salad is freshly cooked and perfectly balanced. That's top notch food.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monnie 06-19-15
    Monnie 06-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Like the Show"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I bought this book because I really enjoyed the show and wanted to listen something that made me laugh. The book was confusing.


    Would you recommend Fresh Off the Boat to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eddie Huang’s performances?

    No.


    Did Fresh Off the Boat inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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