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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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    Andrea Brewer 07-31-17
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    "Everything I wanted and more."

    I never write on these stupid things and I don't think I ever will again. Dude spoke to my soul with Killa Cam and Biggie lyrics. He pulled at my heart strings as he spit about food cooked the right way with Pac in is words. I had a crush before but I'm slick in love now lol. I'm a black chick and somehow he understands MY struggle in this world. This man could write a book about his toenail and I'll read it! I'm cooking the beef noodle soup recipe TONIGHT! Stand up Man....you ILL.

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    Anonymous 06-20-17
    06-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book on growing up and social issues"

    Got recommended this book from a friend who is passionate about fighting racial inequality for Asians and this is my first book that I've listen to that delves into that topic.

    Its quite an insightful book and Eddie does an insane job reading the book. My personal experience is that Eddie has lived a wild life and I have some difficulty connecting with it as my experience and choices growing up in a Western country has been so vastly different.

    But aside from that its a great book. Mostly about social issues and growing up as a foreigner, the concepts of food doesn't get brought up as much, like 20%. But as the author says, its mostly a book on social issues.

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    Alyse Stolz 06-02-17
    Alyse Stolz 06-02-17
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    "Definitely a Journey"

    I read Eddie Huang's books out of order- I read Double Cup Love before reading Fresh Off the Boat. I was a little confused by the differences in narration, but at the beginning of this book Eddie Huang indicates the time for recording this book is after the hurricane from a few years ago, so I think that attributes to the beginning pacing of the book. Overall, I am grateful for voices like Eddie Huang who are not only unique and passionate about his journey, but really his message is about being who you want to be no matter what people tell you you need to do or who you should be. Be warned though, there are quite a few stories depicting violence that might not be for everyone.

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    Benny 05-21-17
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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
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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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    "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 FLORIDA 01-07-17
    Blake mitchell FLORIDA 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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