Fresh Off the Boat

  • by Eddie Huang
  • Narrated by Eddie Huang
  • 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Most Helpful

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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- MR JONATHAN LIANG

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-01-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio