Double Cup Love

Double Cup Love

On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China

Book - 2016
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"Fresh Off the Boat was Huang's story of growing up in his wild family as a first-generation Chinese-American in the comically hostile world of suburban America; a rejection of the typical narrative of assimilation, it was a rallying cry for cultural integrity. But as he entered adulthood (of sorts) he began to wonder just how authentic his Chinese identity really was, a dilemma that grew more acute as he contemplated proposing marriage to his all-American (well, all-Italian-American) girlfriend. So he enlisted his brothers Emery and Evan and returned to the land his ancestors had abandoned. His immediate goal was to sample the best food in China, from four-star restaurants in Shanghai to sidewalk vendors in Chengdu, and open his own stand to see if his food stood up to Chinese tastes--but his deeper goal was to reconnect with his homeland, repair his frayed family relationships, decide whether to marry to his American girlfriend, and figure out just where to find meaning in his life. Parallelling Eddie's journey to China, this starts off as a book about food, but widens into a powerful story about love and family and what really make us who we are"--
Publisher: New York : 2016. Spiegel & Grau,
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812995466
Branch Call Number: ANF 647.95092 HUAN
Characteristics: xvi, 218 pages ; 25 cm

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Dennis_C
Oct 21, 2017

I didn't know beforehand that the book would be so vulgar. Lots of profanity, sex related humor, poop tales, and references to Chinese men as "chinamen," which is sort of like the N- word for Asian or Chinese guys. It's offensive if a non-Asian person says it, maybe OK if a Chinese guy says it.

This is about the 5th memoir I read from Asian American men. I don't know what to make of the fact that just about all of them write about a significant relationship they each had with a white woman: Alex Tizon's "Big Little Man," Aziz Ansari's "Modern Romance," Ben Torres' "The Rice Room," and maybe another one. Then later on, almost all if not all these relationships end.

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alexisbosse33
Apr 07, 2017

I thought his first book was more interesting, as it touches more of his personal life; but this was still a good read. This second one deals more with life being Chinese, and the importance of honoring one's heritage, even when you are born overseas.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2016

Chef Eddie Huang follows his memoir Fresh Off the Boat, which inspired the television show of the same name, with this account of cooking in China itself. After he began to wonder if his New York restaurant's food was really authentic, Huang enlisted his two brothers in a research adventure in Chengdu. In addition to providing a travelogue that vividly describes contemporary China, Double Cup Love is a personal memoir of Huang's family and his romance with fiancée Dena.

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