I love Eddie Huang's food show on Vice, and the food descriptions in this book are the only things I enjoyed. His narration was not great and the stories fell flat for me.
I am giving this book one more chapter before bailing...
I enjoyed this. Eddie Huang‘s journey is funny, harsh and captivating. I love learning about people‘s journey through varying careers and how they overcame hardships. And now I get why he was upset with how the television show was portrayed. Definitely recommend. #DiverseBooks
You guys! I'm in a book! My mini-story got selected and published in this collection of immigration stories by the New York Times!
This cold is knocking. me. out. Almost no reading has been done BUT I have been watching FRESH OFF THE BOAT on Hulu (based on the tagged book) and it is a delight. #litsypartyofone
Listened to this as read by the author. Priceless take on an Asian family immersed into American life in the 90's. Similarities to the tv show, but some of the real life characters are quite different. Eddie's stint on the football team was my favorite part. I really loved the fresh view of American life. However, although the tv show is tame and so funny, many many f bombs in this- caution.
A great audio memoir. It is nothing like the show so immediately forget everything about it. It's a great memoir about Eddie's life in Orlando- with fresh off the boat parents, fights, and importantly food as he finds his way to being the chef of Bauhaus in NYC. He's smart and funny and brings up a lot of issues in a new way while still staying true to his story. Trust me and the second half is better than the first.
I have watched some of the tv show, and really liked it, so I went into this book with high hopes. But what I was expecting to be about being a first generation American, or food, was instead a lot about proving the authors cred. He walks through basketball games he played in eighth grade. He talks about fights that he had in college. It was not what I was hoping for.
This book was fine but it wasn't really for me. Let me put it this way.. If I met Eddie Huang at a party it would take about five minutes for me to prejudge him as a macho asshole who was probably awful to women and exit the convo. I would misjudge him because he's more than that, but I'd ultimately be right that we'd never be friends. I feel the same way about Junot Diaz. That said, this was studded with thought-provoking quotes & insights.
Nothing like you expected. But makes you question stereotypes and what happens when your culture is only stereotypes. You know it's written by a hot blooded guy. Nothing like the show so don't read if that's the only reason you want to read it. Read for #readthemargins
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I usually don't like memoirs from people who haven't lived long enough to have much to write about, but this was surprisingly good.
Memoirs sometimes make me feel like I'm trapped in a plane with that seatmate who was interesting for the 1st 2 hours and now needs to shut up already. Eddie Huang's memoir is profane and crass and insightful and I'm so glad I read it. Good for even a super long flight.