In the follow-up to his bestselling coming-of-age memoir Fresh Off the Boat, now a hit show on ABC, celebrity chef Eddie Huang tells a powerful story about love and family and what really makes us who we are.
After growing up in a wild first-generation immigrant family in the comically hostile world of suburban America, Huang begins to wonder just how authentic his Chinese identity really is. So he enlists his brothers Emery and Evan and returns to the country his ancestors abandoned. His immediate goal is to sample China’s best food and see if his cooking measures up to local tastes—but his deeper goals are to reconnect with his homeland, repair his frayed family relationships, decide whether to marry his all-American (well, all-Italian-American) girlfriend, and figure out just where to find meaning in his life.
OK, I did it again. I read a book based on the cover. I am shallow and love pretty covers. I hang my head in shame.
I chose Double Cup Love because, by the title alone, I got the impression that it would be a quirky love story. I wasn’t wrong. Double Cup Love is a quirky love story in the sense that it is a love story about a country and that it is in fact not a love story but a memoir.
For the first chapter I was confused. This quirky romance I was reading read like an autobiography but being that I never give up on a book I stuck with it. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me and I ‘googled’ Eddie Huang. Yep, I’m not going to lie to you folks, I had never heard of him. I did not know he was a famous chef. I didn’t have a jar of glue.
Double Cup Love, when read in the correct context, is actually pretty interesting. It gives a real insight into Chinese culture and the desire to find your place within any culture. Overall, it was an interesting read and a perfect companion to those who enjoy Eddie Huang’s cookery shows.
Double Cup Love by Eddie Huang is available from 31st May 2016.