Mar 27, 2015

FRESH OFF THE BOAT: A MEMOIR by Eddie Huang

The Friday 56: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader.
Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang, published January 2013, is the basis for the new ABC TV show of the same name. 

Book beginning:
Chapter 1: Meet the Parents 
"The soup dumplings are off today!" Grandpa said."Should we tell the waiter? We should send these back." 
"No, no, no, no, no, don't lose face over soup dumplings. Just eat them."  
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.  
Page 56:
I remember my grandma always asking, "Are your parents still fighting?" I hated when she asked me that s--t. If I could keep it quiet and pretend ain't s--t going on, she should, too! (ch. 4, from ARE; final copy may differ)
Book description:

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. (amazon)


What do you think? Do you watch the TV sitcom? 

19 comments:

  1. I love that show, now I definitely want to read the book!
    Here's my post: http://ebogie.blogspot.com

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    1. I'll read it to compare with the show, Elizabeth!

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  2. I'm not sure what to think of the book, but thanks for sharing.

    sherry @ fundinmentalFriday Memes

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    1. I want to see if the Eddie of the book is the same as the Eddie in the show, Sherry.

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  3. I haven't seen the show, but now I am fascinated. Loved the descriptions of the mom...LOL.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY”

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    1. Would love to hear your reaction to the show, Laurel. Hope you get a chance to watch!

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  4. I haven't heard of this TV show, but the book sounds like it could be fascinating.
    My Friday post features GRACIANNA.

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  5. Tuesday evenings on ABC, around 8 p.m., Sandra.


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    1. Thanks, Harvee. I don't watch much TV, but this sounds like it's worth seeing.

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  6. I should try watching the show! Thanks for this post and info, Harvee.

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  7. I haven't watched the show, but it looks hilarious. If the show is anything like the book, then I may have to read it.
    My F56: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-friday-56-dead-of-winter.html

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  8. I watch the show and find it funny. Nice to see what the real family looks like.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. I must ask my relatives in Canada if they watch it too, fredamans.

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  9. I'd heard of Eddie Huang and then I heard about the show and hadn't realized there was a book. This sounds funny! I'll have to get this one and try out the show! The excerpts sound pretty funny and the clips I've seen of the show have been very funny. Enjoy!

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    1. Being an immigrant myself, I probably see the show in a slightly different way, Katherine. Let us know what you think of it.

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  10. It sounds fun. I've not watched the show but maybe I should
    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/03/27/the-friday-56-55-retaliation-by-imogen-rose/

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