"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
- ISBN-13: 9780812995466
- ISBN-10: 0812995465
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
- Publish Date: May 2016
- Page Count: 218
- Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.75 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.02 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Huang gives readers another punch of passion in his second memoir (after 2013’s massively successful Fresh Off the Boat). With his gift for conversation, edgy humor, and deeply knowledgeable palate, readers get a sense of a young chef on a serious quest. As Huang finds love, he continues to wrestle with his family and the business, discovering a nagging ache that calls him back to the motherland. Yearning to discover whether his cooking will satisfy foodies in China—not just the flock of fans at his ever-popular N.Y.C. restaurant, Baohaus—he tests the waters in Chengdu and cooks his heart out. “Something about it was the same, but different, as if the spirits circling me had been present all along but were suddenly visible.” Through an endless stream of hilarious basketball metaphors, pop culture one-liners, and what Huang affectionately calls “Chinglish,” his passion for food and determination to get things right—in the U.S., in China, and in his heart of hearts—mark every page. Agent: Marc Gerald, Agency Group Talent. (May)
A hip and culinary trip to China
It’s fitting that Eddie Huang’s follow-up to the bestselling Fresh Off the Boat—adapted into a TV series—opens as he phonetically transcribes a Charlie Parker sax riff. Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China is a foodie travelogue and comic tour de force, but it’s also something of a word-jazz concerto.
The setup is simple: Feeling pressured by his success, Huang ventures to Chengdu to cook with street vendors and dig further into the roots of the food he’s known for. He also plans to fly his girlfriend out and propose.
Huang’s hip-hop patois infuses his writing, whether he’s describing a bout of chili-induced diarrhea (and there are several) or exploring the difficult family dynamics that shaped him as a young man. He captures the pressures of the kitchen, which are even greater while he’s in China, since as often as not he’s cooking in a converted closet, battling chili fumes along with carbon monoxide.
Huang’s romance takes some unexpected twists (on his way to propose he is almost left behind at a rest stop where he’s once again paying for his gastronomic bravery), but Double Cup Love has more to offer than that. The rooftop parties and underground clubs, chewy intestines and all that swagger reveal a family story that’s tender at the core.