Synopses & Reviews
“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 &mdash ;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.
“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
“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
NOW AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON ABC Just may be the best new comedy of the year] . . . based on restaurateur Eddie Huang s memoir of the same name . . . a] classic fresh-out-of-water comedy. People 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 NATIONAL BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS
Assimilating ain t easy. Eddie Huang was raised by a wild family of FOB ( fresh off the boat ) immigrants his father a cocksure restaurateur with a dark past back in Taiwan, his mother a fierce protector and constant threat. Young Eddie tried his hand at everything mainstream America threw his way, from white Jesus to macaroni and cheese, but finally found his home as leader of a rainbow coalition of lost boys up to no good: skate punks, dealers, hip-hop junkies, and sneaker freaks. This is the story of a Chinese-American kid in a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac blazing his way through America s deviant subcultures, trying to find himself, ten thousand miles from his legacy and anchored only by his conflicted love for his family and his passion for food. Funny, moving, and stylistically inventive, Fresh Off the Boat
is more than a radical reimagining of the immigrant memoir it s the exhilarating story of every American outsider who finds his destiny in the margins. Praise for Fresh Off the Boat
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
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
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About the Author
Eddie Huang is the proprietor of Baohaus. He hosts “Fresh Off the Boat” 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. He lives in New York City.