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

Eddie Huang. Spiegel & Grau, $27 (218p) ISBN 978-0-8129-9546-6
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)
Reviewed on: 02/15/2016
Release date: 05/31/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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