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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eddie Huang Narrator: Eddie Huang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780385363662
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (starred review)

  • Brash and funny . . . outrageous, courageous, moving, ironic and true. New York Times Book Review
  • Mercilessly funny and provocative, Fresh Off the Boat is also a serious piece of work.  Eddie Huang is hunting nothing less than Big Game here. He does everything with style. Anthony Bourdain
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bora | 1/28/2014

    " I often struggle with how I should judge memoirs or autobiographies - do I base my review on the content or the writing? Or both? Objectively speaking the writing is pretty good despite my personal disdain for his overuse of profanity. the content was quite something else. It fuses the discovery of his talent in a pretty drawn out story of his childhood which focuses on his growing up Asian on America. I as an Asian person who grew up on Asia admit I do not understand the Asian American experience. But if I ever said it is annoying to hear Asian Americans talk about racism and then resolve that by hanging out with only Asian Americans the more annoying thing is an Asian American going on about racism while trying SO hard to prove he is not the Asian American stereotype by proving he has rough friends and using urban vocabulary. Clearly based on this I am basing this review on the content but I did admit his writing is pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/20/2014

    " On audio, which he does a fantastic job reading himself. I have nothing but hearts and flowers for the beginning, but eventually the thing was two days overdue and I was still listening to stories about fights he had in high school, friends he made at camp, and how he felt about his assigned reading. It was like one of those endless freshman dorm conversations. I think he has an important voice, but should have waited a little longer to do this memoir. The flavors need more time to blend and deepen, or whatever it is he said about his beef noodle soup. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/8/2014

    " Interesting real life coming of age story with allot of hip elements "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hai | 1/5/2014

    " This book is great! Hip hop, being ostracized, white people starting problems for no reason, I deal with this every day almost! I love it because he talks about getting tired of fighting just for some simple respect, that's how I feel too. I could relate to this book so well cuz frankly I'm still going through it now lol! It's inspiring me to write my own story. I've fought with my fist all my life, maybe it's time to fight with a book now. Thanks Eddie for repping the non whites/blacks/ Latinos. We're the others, those no one gives a fuck about. But now we shining son! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shasta Quinn | 1/5/2014

    " Subversive and funny Orlando expat Eddie Huang riffs on identity, family, and food. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 12/12/2013

    " As a memoir, I thought it was fine. I don't like to judge people. You are who you are. But it seems to me like he is an A**hole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/2/2013

    " Very entertaining read. I really want to go to Baohaus and check it out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 11/13/2013

    " Awesome and inspiring! Being white boy in NYC, from bama, it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Dardarian | 10/13/2013

    " A look into Hip Hop kids, Chinese kids, growing up in the 90's and fancy basketball shoes. Oh, and opening a successful restaurabt on the lower east side. I almost quit reading about ten times but did end up finishing it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rose | 10/10/2013

    " Don't ask me why I hung in there & read this book. It's a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 9/4/2013

    " I was close to finishing this memoir, but I had to return it to the library. I love memoirs and I could totally identify with Huang's immigrant experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/22/2013

    " after reading this i have been converted. eddie huang is a very entertaining man and i like him a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Burtt | 8/16/2013

    " love the references to the "beef and brocs" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 5/27/2013

    " I normally like memoirs, and this was no exception, but I honestly could have used a glossary. The cultural background was fascinating, but the emphasis on hip hop and clothing was just not up my alley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eb | 4/27/2013

    " It's not perfect--it's rambly and feels unedited--but it's funny, original, and full of heart. 90s-era hip-hop heads (like me!) will especially love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Lamb | 2/16/2013

    " Eddie Huang writes about his youth growing up Asian-American and finding his voice through food. The hip-hop hyperbole becomes tiring after a while, but when he's writing about food, he's got "mad skills, yo." "

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About the Author

Eddie Huang is the proprietor of Baohaus. He hosts Munchies for VICE TV, hosted Cheap Bites for the Cooking Channel, and co-hosted episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover. He’s written for Eater.com, The New York Observer, Grantland, and his own popular blog, Fresh Off the Boat. He lives in New York City.