Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China

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From the author of Fresh Off the Boat, now a hit ABC sitcom, comes a hilarious and fiercely original story of culture, family, love, and red-cooked pork

Eddie Huang was finally happy. Sort of. He’d written a bestselling book and was the star of a TV show that took him to far-flung places around the globe. His New York City restaurant was humming, his OKCupid hand was strong, and he’d even hung fresh Ralph Lauren curtains to create the illusion of a bedroom in the tiny apartment he shared with his younger brother Evan, who ran their restaurant business.

Then he fell in love—and everything fell apart.

The business was creating tension within the family; his life as a media star took him away from his first passion—food; and the woman he loved—an All-American white girl—made him wonder: How Chinese am I? The only way to find out, he decided, was to reverse his parents’ migration and head back to the motherland. On a quest to heal his family, reconnect with his culture, and figure out whether he should marry his American girl, Eddie flew to China with his two brothers and a mission: to set up shop to see if his food stood up to Chinese palates—and to immerse himself in the culture to see if his life made sense in China. Naturally, nothing went according to plan.

Double Cup Love takes readers from Williamsburg dive bars to the skies over Mongolia, from Michelin-starred restaurants in Shanghai to street-side soup peddlers in Chengdu. The book rockets off as a sharply observed, globe-trotting comic adventure that turns into an existential suspense story with high stakes. Eddie takes readers to the crossroads where he has to choose between his past and his future, between who he once was and who he might become. Double Cup Love is about how we search for love and meaning—in family and culture, in romance and marriage—but also how that search, with all its aching and overpowering complexity, can deliver us to our truest selves.

Praise for Eddie Huang’s Double Cup Love

Double Cup Love invites the readers to journey through [Eddie Huang’s] love story, new friendships, brotherhood, a whole lot of eating and more. Huang’s honest recounting shouts and whispers on every page in all-caps dialogues and hilarious side-commentary. Huang pulls simple truths and humor out of his complex adventure to China. His forthright sharing of anecdotes is sincere and generates uncontrollable laughter. . . . His latest memoir affirms not only that the self-described “human panda” is an engaging storyteller but a great listener, especially in the language of food.”Chicago Tribune

“An elaborate story of love and self-discovery . . . Huang’s writing is wry and zippy; he regards the world with an understanding of its absurdities and injustices and with a willingness to be surprised.”—Jon Caramanica, The New York Times

“Huang is determined to tease out the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which Asian-Americans give up parts of themselves in order to move forward. . . . Fortunately for us, he’s not afraid to speak up about it.”The New Yorker

“Huang connects in Chengdu the same way he assimilated in America—through food, hip-hop and a never-ending authenticity, which readers experience through his hilarious writing voice and style.”—New York Daily News


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About the author

Eddie Huang is the proprietor of Baohaus, a restaurant in New York City. He’s also the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Fresh Off the Boat (now an ABC sitcom) and the host of Huang’s World on ViceTV.


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Spiegel & Grau
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Published on
May 31, 2016
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780812995473
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Language
English
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Biography & Autobiography / Culinary
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
Social Science / Customs & Traditions
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Eddie Huang
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


From the Hardcover edition.
Chuck Klosterman
New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge?

Klosterman visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others—interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”


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Eddie Huang
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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黃頤銘(Eddie Huang)
  《紐約時報》排行榜暢銷書
  2015年最受歡迎喜劇影集原著
  「黃頤銘以其獨特的個人風格,立志成就大事。」——安東尼.波登
  「通俗又好笑的憤世之書,坦率、直白、毫不掩飾。」——《紐約時報》

  Eddie Huang,黃頤銘,美國台灣移民第二代。他三十歲出頭,就用刈包征服紐約、上TED演講、成為暢銷作家、被拍成美國電視劇,並成為新一代亞裔意見領袖之一。

  Eddie來自台灣的父母親,從華盛頓特區舉家搬遷至奧蘭多,從無到有,成功發展出連鎖餐廳事業。他年少時瘋迷嘻哈、籃球,與每一個貶他為「中國佬」(Chink)的同學幹架,背負父母期望就讀法學院、遭知名律師事務所裁員、擔任脫口秀演員⋯⋯,雖然一路跌跌撞撞,支持他前進的動力始終是食物——從與海地廚師一同料理南方肋排(還一起評比大麻)、跟母親學家鄉菜、被永康街一碗樸實的擔擔麵所感動⋯⋯,於是,Eddie結合家人和食物等一切所愛,並融合台灣血脈與美國文化,造就了屬於自己的獨一無二成就。

  這本書是Eddie最誠實的自白,他大膽宣洩種族歧視的不平遭遇,毫不遮掩家人的情感與齷齪,更娓娓道出文化認同的迷惘。這些酸甜苦辣的成長經歷,全融合在嘻哈與脫口秀的文字風格中,躍然紙上。

各界好評

  「《菜鳥新移民》是一本令人驚豔、不落俗套,關於美國種族與融合的回憶錄。這是一本通俗又好笑的憤世之書。坦率直白毫不掩飾,與其他矯揉造作,內容嚴肅的移民與融合的回憶錄形成有趣的對比。」——《紐約時報》

  「有別於我們所熟知的亞裔美人成長過程:含淚苦練鋼琴、各項數學競賽獎項、無所不吼的虎媽。《菜鳥新移民》以截然不同的觀點,顛覆典型「模範少數」的故事。個人回憶錄的絕妙之作。」——《娛樂周刊》

  「《菜鳥新移民》笑中帶淚又刺激,同時也是一本嚴肅的作品。黃頤銘以其獨特的個人風格,立志成就大事。」——安東尼.波登

  「辛辣詼諧的筆觸,加上一針見血的論述,讓本書就像一碗完美的擔擔麵」——《INTERVIEW雜誌》

  「黃頤銘的回憶錄帶給你的衝擊就像麥克.泰森的拳擊比賽,讓你欲罷不能!」——《Book Page》

  「魯莽、前衛、流行,黃頤銘將美食回憶錄提升至有意義與紀念性的境界。」——《出版人周刊》(Publisher Weekly)

  「捧腹大笑,情感真摯。」——《加拿大論壇報》

  「一本毫無保留,關於移民與美食回憶錄。」——《洛杉磯時報》

  「不論黃頤銘做了什麼事,絕對都與跟一般人的經驗法則不同。書中關於閱讀強納生.史威夫特(Jonathan Swift)的描述,這是所有年輕人都該弄懂的主題。我相信莎士比亞、亞里士多德、和介於他們與黃頤銘之間的人都有相同的體悟,只是沒人像黃頤銘一樣,在籃球場與他特有的天賦中找到這份認知。」——《書籍論壇》(Bookforum)

  「黃頤銘以生猛的回憶錄,記錄他身為一個憤怒的年輕人,在中國壓抑的傳統教條與鋪天蓋地的美國白人意識中,求得平衡的過程。三件事情讓這個多才多藝的餐廳負責人找到自我:美食、籃球與嘻哈音樂。三者沒有必然的順序,但書中隨處可見對這三件事的描述,且令人捧腹大笑。一本具有可看性的獨特之書。」——《柯克斯書評》(Kirkus Reviews)
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