Fresh Off the Boat
- A Memoir
- Narrated by: Eddie Huang
- Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 29-01-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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.
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By Drawing Lady on 28-06-18
A great read. Eddie is a natural storyteller. He's inspired me to do my own thing too - not the safe choice but MY thing - just as Eddie did. He's funny and very brash and rude but we like him that way ("we" is my teenage son and I on our walk around the block, listening together). Eddie takes ZERO crap from anyone and that in itself is really inspiring. I wish I was like that. Ah no, I'm not too bad, getting better. He's a true American in the best sense even though he was very angry with America for all of his young life. Go Eddie!
By JONATHAN LIANG on 29-03-17
A relatable, inspirational tale for every banana!
The author blesses us with the story of his own life in his words with his voice.
Essential reading for anyone who has lived or is interested in the life of those who walk between worlds.
There are highs, so high, and the down low is dirty: raw; and challengingly real but the passions in Eddie's world draw you in through the darkest parts.
Food is a central theme, it is a metaphor and it is also the culture. The colourful descriptions bring flavour in to what should just be a story. Prepare to get hungry.
In his own words, Eddie's book is not THE voice of the ABC experience but it is a great voice and one that resonates with this BBC.
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By Evan Matthew Lind on 20-08-15
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!
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By MosesZG on 04-11-16
If you like the show this will ruin it.
I really enjoy watching the Fresh off the Boat show on TV. Being of close age to Edi and first generation, there is a lot I could relate to. I then saw a couple of episodes of Huang's World. That show was good to. Reminded me of No Reservation but a bit more real.
I dont like stacking credits so I decided to purchase this book. It's good. Edi reads it and it feels like he is just sitting in the car with you talking, catching up. I will say this, the book completely ruined the TV show for me. The show just seems fake now. Something I heard so many times before but it's true, It really is, the book is way better than the movie. In this case, the book is way better than the show.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful