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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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    Benny 05-21-17
    Benny 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    Mandatory reading for any immigrant kid seeking self identity - eddie breaks stereotypes and inspires others to do the same

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    J-Utah Utah 05-13-17
    J-Utah Utah 05-13-17 Member Since 2017

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    "cool story"

    I liked his story telling and the book kept my interest the entire time. I would recommend to any hip minority raised in the ninety' s and early 2000's.

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    Amazon Customer 05-01-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Whining baby"

    What a crybaby. I love when a man enjoys the freedom that America offers then proclaims he never considered himself an American. He enjoyed all the success that the U.S offers but does not identify as an American. He is a crybaby rich boy. He Portrays Orlando Florida as a backward hillbilly state. Give me a break.

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    Amazon Customer 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story but not really my cup of tea."

    A really nice, very interesting story but I struggled to understand the *constant* flow of hip-hop references and slang. It would be nice if some of that stuff was a little more accessible or explained better explained. I'm am old after all. :-)

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    Paul 03-08-17
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    "Real"

    This book is more than a book. It's real, authentic unlike any "book" I've ever experience. This is a story, and more than that you get to know Eddie for who he is through all sorts of facets. If you're going to listen to this book on audible "Make sure you have a system with some phat house speakers/ So the new shit can rock you from Bronx to Massapequa"

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    Daniel Gilliam 01-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not bad."

    I enjoyed it. Being the same age as the author I understood a lot of what he was talking about in the 90's though his bragging about being a hustler and a badass got old real quick. Still a decent story.

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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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