From one of the food world's brightest young stars, this is a brash, moving, and potent take on the first-gen immigrant's journey--and a bold redefinition of American identity for the 21st century. A story for foodies, memoir lovers, and anyone interested in understanding the ever-evolving state of multicultural America.
Eddie Huang was born in the American South to FOB ("fresh off the boat") Taiwanese parents. While his father improbably launched a chain of steakhouses, 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 maniac, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor was food, from making ribs with the Haitian chefs in dad's restaurants, to cooking in his mother's kitchen, to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After further misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion designer, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved--his past, his present, his family, and food--into his own restaurant, BaoHaus, the superhot East Village hangout that has made him into one of this generation's biggest food stars.