Double Cup Love
- On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China
- Narrated by: Eddie Huang
- Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-31-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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Eddie Huang was finally happy. Sort of. He'd written a best-selling 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 listeners 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 listeners 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.
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By nicolejoy on 06-05-16
My husband is born-in-America, half-Irish, half-Chinese, adopted. I didn't buy this for him or to learn about his ancestors' culture but it did play a little influence on why it caught my attention. I've always wanted to travel but have 3 kids - so I listen to a lot of travel books.
I loved how he easily slipped between English and mandarin, how he described some of the layout and his interactions with locals. He didn't get too political and yet he still gave me an idea of what part communism plays in China. There were super educational bits like the Hakas slipped in there, in a way that it doesn't feel like learning yet you do. Listening to Eddie was like listening to a really cool teacher from back in my high school days - the type that gets how not everyone learns in the same way, and sometimes if you just slip facts in there they'll stick better. It was amazing.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Lilah on 06-01-16
I was laughing out loud for real within 10 Minutes! this is the type of book the you read over and over. Eddie is just funny and I like his style! so if you like fresh off the boat book or show you will love this book 👏👏👏👏
4 of 5 people found this review helpful