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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

Critic reviews

"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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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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  • Evan Matthew Lind
  • 20-08-15

Amazing

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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  • MosesZG
  • 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.

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  • ChrisBrogan
  • 13-09-15

Brilliant and Deep

If you go into this thinking it's about food, you've missed it all. If you think it's a comedy, you're missing the subtlety. This is pure culture and heritage stuff with a thick sear of 1990s hip hop appreciation to lock in the flavor. I will listen twice at least. Powerful learning served up with deep laughs and many nods of respect.

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  • Riley
  • 06-02-13

Coming to America 2.0

What made the experience of listening to Fresh Off the Boat the most enjoyable?

hilarious and fresh take on a memoir, albeit maybe a bit premature in his career. Huang is eloquent and very entertaining.

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  • timothy
  • 01-02-13

OUTSTANDING!

I expected this to be good, and it's better than expected. I'm only on chapter 7 and it's fckin' outstanding. I had to stop listening on the bus today to keep from laughing all by myself like an asshole. This guy delivers every time, on Vice and in the book. If you're 20 - 30ish and from any type of beat down background you'll get it instantly. The performance is great too, you just might have to be from the right segment of the population to get it. He is writing for a generation that thinks and speaks quickly. I'm from Oklahoma and I understand him just fine.

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  • Andy
  • 15-02-13

authentic

Great story about Eddie Huang's path to adulthood. Lot's of interesting twists and turns in this dudes life. While I was pleased that Eddie narrated the book, he could do a little better on speaking speed and elocution....all in an effort to raise my ability fully understand what he was saying.

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  • Sarah Martin
  • 14-02-13

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Audible requires fifteen words to post this. These are they. Read this book. For real.

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  • kidprokuo
  • 16-05-18

Great bio of a man finding his identity!

Some may call him a wannabe hip hop artist. but Eddie Huang is an original. He may sound black with all of his rap style language, but he found his Asian American, and specifically his Taiwanese American identity. He traveled and did everything from drug selling to practicing law. But his purpose on life was to blaze a trail as Eddie Huang, chef, Taiwanese American, entertainer.

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  • Stuart Gansky
  • 13-04-18

Loved listening to Eddie Huang tell his story!

Eddie Huang is an incredible story teller. So happy we could hear him tell his story and can recommend this book to everyone. We are big fans!

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  • Christian Zavala
  • 10-03-18

One of the best books I’ve ever read/heard

This book is so relatable, Eddie is the man. He keeps it real. Must read/hear.