Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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"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 thirty-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 twenty-first century. It's a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.
Praise for "Fresh Off the Boat"
"Brash and funny . . . outrageous, courageous, moving, ironic and true."--"New York Times Book Review"
"Bawdy and frequently hilarious . . . a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about race and assimilation in America . . . as much James Baldwin and Jay-Z as Amy Tan . . . rowdy and] vital . . . It's a book about fitting in by not fitting in at all."--Dwight Garner, "The""New York Times"
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"Uproariously funny . . . emotionally honest."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Huang is a fearless raconteur. His] writing is at once hilarious and provocative; his incisive wit pulls through like a perfect plate of dan dan noodles."--"Interview"
"Although writing a memoir is an audacious act for a thirty-year-old, it is not nearly as audacious as some of the things Huang did and survived even earlier. . . . Whatever he ends up doing, you can be sure it won't look or sound like anything that's come before. A single, kinetic passage from "Fresh Off the Boat" . . . is all you need to get that straight.""--Bookforum"
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679644880
Call Number: B H86055a
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 25 cm


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Eddie Huang tells the story of his growing up as a Taiwanese/Chinese American.

now a TV series, Tuesdays evening, on ABC.

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Jul 18, 2016

Fresh. Love Eddie's style and hubris.

Jun 27, 2016

My man Eddie keeps it real and cuts no corners talking about growing up in the Orlando area. Really funny, deeply personal, and introspective on a number of levels.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 20, 2015

This disjointed book follows Eddie as he grows up in Florida and later tries out numerous jobs; drug dealer, fashion designer, lawyer, stand-up comic, writer, and chef. The two halves of the book don’t seem to fit together. The beginning is all about his childhood friends and the fights they got into in Florida. The second half turns into a foodie memoir with incredibly detailed descriptions of the food served in his restaurant. There are moments of sincerity and insightfulness in this book, but not nearly enough.

Jan 22, 2015

Colorful "unconventional" American born Taiwanese immigrant who grew up or educated in Pittsburgh, Virginia, Orlando and NYC, made it big in NYC's Asian food scene 5 days before his 28th birthday.
Fresh Off the Boat premieres on Feb. 4: Eddie Huang is a is a renaissance man with a string of careers: lawyer, TV host, restaurateur and author. His raw, funny and sometimes extremely profane memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, came out two years ago. It's a brutally honest story about his life as an Asian-American kid, reconciling two cultures.

Jan 16, 2014

This is an interesting story about a young man whose parents came from China, and became, through hard work, successful restaurant owners. Their son, though, is another story. He gets into nothing but trouble in school, feeling disenfranchised by The American Dream even though his parents are living proof of that dream, and he benefitted from it at all times. He goes through many tribulations of his own devices; graduates from law school only to become, like his father, a restaurant owner. His love of food is apparent; his love of minor criminal activity is also. What undoes him is his love of street slang (which is inappropriately funny; many of us have met that person from another language who has picked up so much American slang that they become almost completely impossible to understand, and this guy is him!) He is really focused on being COOL, which is hilarious in anyone over 18, and he is still carrying this banner into his 30's! The way this story is written will make it a classic many years from now, as an archaic example of early 2000's slang, which, I suppose, makes this book worth reading?

Jun 29, 2013

I really enjoyed reading about Huang's experiences as an Asian American, his critical comments about racism, his voice, which ranges from academic to street. I was hoping for more of a food memoir than a coming-of-age memoir, but it was still a fun ride.


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Jan 22, 2015

I was a Chinese-American kid raised by hip-hop and basketball with screaming, yelling, abusive parents in the background. If that makes me a rotten banana, well, tell it like it is.
From the people at Christian Fellowship to First Academy to my parents to Confucius to thousands of years of ass-backwards Chinese thinking, I knew how it felt. Everything my parents did to me and their parents did to them was justified under the banner of Tradition, Family, and Culture.
Important distinction. Note that I say “a voice” not “the voice.” I don’t speak for all Asian Americans, I speak for a few rotten bananas like me.

Jan 22, 2015

My mom always wanted to send food back. Everything on the side, some things hot, some things cold, no MSG, less oil, more chilis, oh, and some vinegar please. Black vinegar with green chilis if you have it, if not, red vinegar with ginger, and if you don’t have that, then just white vinegar by itself and a can of Coke, not diet because diet causes cancer.
sell. I spent the first five years of my life handcuffed to a playpen in the middle of this mini-mall furniture-store office. Before I even knew about guns, I was trying to shoot myself.


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Jan 16, 2014

DellaV thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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