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

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,698 ratings  ·  212 reviews
From the author of Fresh Off the Boat, now a hit ABC sitcom, comes a hilarious and fiercely original story of culture, family, love, and red-cooked pork.

Eddie Huang was finally happy. Sort of. He'd written a bestselling 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 stron
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Spiegel & Grau (first published April 19th 2016)
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Jacob A The title is a play on Drake's lyric "Double cuff love, you're the one I lean on". The lyric is comprised of sly wordplay whereby Drake's equating his…moreThe title is a play on Drake's lyric "Double cuff love, you're the one I lean on". The lyric is comprised of sly wordplay whereby Drake's equating his love for a woman to his propensity to drinking Codeine for recreation. Codeine, or "lean", is often characterized by being served in two stacked styrofoam cups; double cup. You may also cuff your pants (more than once) if you habitually lean on one leg when standing, and colloquially you lean on other people for support.

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Megan Johnson
As someone who reads usually several books a week, this book took me a whopping 20 days to inch through. Given, I was pretty busy so it's not entirely the books fault...but a fair bit of it actually was.

I'm a big fan of Eddie Huang and have enjoyed the stuff he has produced in the past, even Fresh Off The Boat which I'm realizing is maybe not the most accurate portrayal, but a fantastic TV show nonetheless. So with this next statement I'm going to sum up what is both fantastic about Eddie and w
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Eddie Huang's books, I recommend listening to the audiobook version. I love the way he laughs. There are a lot of cultural references and he talks fast sometimes but then he gets reflective and emotional. Don't let his poop humor and "bad boy" image fool you. He has a lot of interesting things to say about race, culture, and identity. Especially if you're a child of immigrant parents. But even if you aren't, you get a unique perspective and I always think it's important to read/listen/talk ...more
I don't know how or why this book made me happy, but it did and maybe on a second reading I'll come up with a more nuanced review. I'm just basking in the book's afterglow. Or maybe the third time, who knows?! This book will always be on my shelf.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
His first memoir, "Fresh Off the Boat," is definitely better. This memoir lacks focus. I will say that I always enjoy Huang's voice -- he's one of a kind.
Stewart Tame
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I would gladly have paid full price for it though. It's that good.

I can't recall where--the Daily Show, maybe?--I saw an interview with Huang when he was promoting this book. I'd never heard of him before, but he seemed like a fun guy, and years spent watching Iron Chef has left me with an appreciation for people who cook for a living. So I made a mental note of his name, vowing to read one or both of his books someday. Browsing
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars.

I didn't know what to expect from this book but it was so good. It was hip hop, witty, laugh out loud funny. I teared up a bit from some lines because it does talk about heartbreak but in all the ways life can break your heart: a lover, small talk, a sibling. Pop culture book but in the way hip hop has become pop culture. As a minority, I appreciated the way he wrote about otherness and acceptance. Just a funny book and the food references - anyone can appreciate.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book more than the first. Eddie's pilgrimage to the motherland resonated on so many level esp. as a child of immigrants myself. Will highly recommend this to my friends.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.

Sigh. I would love to write that, having read Huang’s first book, I was able to get past the constant hip-hop references in his second. However, this boomer reader has absolutely no context in which to place the slang and phrases that pass for conversation among Huang and his brothers and friends. Even the extensive footnote translations were difficult to follow.

“Double Cup Love” reverses the narrative thread of “Fresh Of
chantel nouseforaname
I've always loved Eddie Huang. He's just hilarious and I love his hip hop references.

This book was dope - I related to his conflicting feels and messages about family — the importance of sticking together but of also not taking advantage of each other.

I found learning about Chinese and Taiwanese cuisines so fascinating. Does brother Huang have a cookbook? Cause I'd buy that shit right away!

He gotta leave em white girls alone. Half-kidding. Honestly, the shitty part of this book and any life i
I think I had intended to borrow Mr. Huang's first book, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, but borrowed this one instead. I listened to the audiobook and I have to admit that I almost gave up on it within the first 30 minutes. I barely understood what he was talking about and could not relate to him at all. I bet our girls could understand him better, even though he's much closer in age to me.

Instead of giving up, I sped up the replay to 2x the normal speed and gave him another chance. Once he arriv
Ellyn Lem
While I did not love every page of this book (a bit too much slang and parentheticals/footnotes explaining pop culture references) that were disruptive to a smooth read, there was a lot to appreciate as well in Huang's second memoir of his experience as a Taiwanese-American who had found fame through food and his TV series based on the first book, Fresh Off the Boat. His quest is really interesting in this book--to cook the Chinese-inspired food that he serves in the US at his restaurant and wit ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love me some Eddie Huang. I've been a fan of his since Baohaus was on Rivington St. on the Lower East SIde. If all you know about Eddie is the tv show, "Fresh Off the Boat", this book is not for you. Don't get me wrong, I love that show but that's not the real Huang family on tv. That's watered down and cutesy family. "Double Cup Love" is the real Eddie Huang. This is a continuation of the real deal - the guy that hustled in NY, the hip hop loving, weed smoking, foul mouthed genius chef. In th ...more
Brennan Lowe
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In case it hasn't been made clear already, Eddie Huang isn't for everyone. He's really not. After reading Double Cup Love, though, I'm appreciating that fact more than ever. This book isn't nearly as long or as thematically booming as FOB; in fact, hardly anything happens within the confines of his actual trip to China, and the only aspect I didn't care for was the contrived "storyline" inserted amongst hilarious memories and sharp social critiques. DCL isn't about the action, and now that Huang ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written and unexpectedly profound. As a fan of his show, Huang's World on Viceland, Eddie has provided a further glimpse into his life and has detailed an intimate portrait of love, family, food and cultural identity. His personality shines through his prose with hip hop references all through out the book alongside some of his more philosophical ideas. I found myself looking into my own mind about any negative preconceptions I've had of Chinese culture and reassessing my own thought ...more
Gil Bradshaw
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is best on the audiobook format. I liked this book so much better than Fresh Off the Boat and maybe I just like the audiobook format that much better. So I'm going to download Fresh Off the Boat on audible and see if I like it better.
Vivian Choi
3.5 ⭐ ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book was better, but it was a cool look at the experience of going back to the motherland. Always nice to see race and immigration outside of the black/latino lens. Very easy read.
I enjoyed this book although I wish there was more cooking . I felt a bit lost reading his NYC hip-hop hipster references, but at least he provided footnotes :)
John Lamb
I like Huang's humor, but sometimes the whole culturally appropriated hip-hop voice feels inauthentic, which then becomes grating.
Eddie Huang has done a lot of living in his 36 years (to date). You will probably know him from one of his many accomplishments: a host on the t.v. show "Cheap Bites", author of "Fresh Off the Boat" in 2013, the book I'm reviewing, "Double Cup Love" in 2016, many appearances on "Unique Eats", owner of BaoHaus in Manhattan in 2009, and the failed restaurant Xiao Ye. If that's not enough, he was also a clothing designer - and oh yes, a lawyer. He also had an extremely popular - and humorous - blog ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A meaningful book. As a biracial kid, always getting this message of too much "culture" and not enough, belonging nowhere/everywhere. This question of "Where is home?" and "Will they ever accept me?" and "If acceptance came, would I know it? And would it be a relief?" with all the nuances that a word like "acceptance" carries. Fear. Vulnerability. Nobody holds onto "home" harder than those who fear it can be taken away or broken with a word. I appreciated the honesty and willingness of this book ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I dislike when you buy a book based on the personality of the author only to find it isn't them for one reason or another. This book feels like pure unfiltered Eddie from start to finish.
Samantha Aspinall
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book even though I sometimes found the slang a little tough to get through. Loved it!
Jason Kane
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the surprise of the year for me. I don't think the cover, book flap, or even other reviews prepare you for the experience you get when you read Double Cup Love. Huang is one of the most charismatic narrators you'll ever read. I knew nothing of his work, I don't watch Fresh off the Boat, and I have never really followed his exploits in food and media. However, after reading the first few chapters of this highly enjoyable memoir, I had a great impression of Huang. His New Yorker perso ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway which I was super excited about. I'm a fan of Eddie Huang from his show on Vice to his first book "Fresh Off the Boat". I thought his first book did a really good job as a memoir of giving insight into the kind of person Huang is and his unique perspective and outlook on life which was put into the context of his childhood as a child of immigrants. When I saw the description of "Double Cup Love" I was definitely intrigued because there was lit ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real culture preservationist, so inspirational!

Being American Indian I understand his want for his boo & future family to want to be Chinese. Unfortunately for us American Indians our status is also associated with a tribal role number linked to a fucking blood quantum. so for me with the immediate future looking as though my kids won't have their rightful role number because they'd be lacking the minimum blood quantum I find myself pondering what makes me NDN anyway? Is it teachable? If s
Eddie S.
I loved the stories of identity, and discovering himself. He has enough humor and wit to incorporate a lot of hip hop cultural references without coming off corny. When he speaks about race and identity, he is flawless. Huang seems to drift a lot in his story telling, going from one anecdote, to another in capricious fashion. I would be engaged in a story about him speaking about Dena, then next thing I know we are stir frying red duck in a Chinese brothel. Great book, when he talks about substa ...more
I found Eddie Huang's book, Double Cup Love, hysterical. Right off the bat he establishes himself as a loud, pseudo gangster with a big personality and an even bigger ego. Essentially, he's ridiculous but begs to be taken seriously. Typically this type of narration would irritate me. But for Huang - it works because it's his voice that really shines through this memoir and makes it entertaining. Huang's work is not for everyone through. While I generally found his crass and crude remarks and con ...more
I saw Eddie Huang speak for his book launch in SF and it was incredible and totally sold me on both his books- but wanting to read this one first after his, 'love is the best game in town' line.

Unfortunately this book was more an ode to his brothers and a trip they took to connect with their culture but not in a broad sense. It was the kind of thing that's probably really cool for his brothers to read, but if you weren't there a lot is lost.

Wished there'd been more of the insightful banter on r
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Huang was born in 1982 in Washington, D.C. to immigrant parents from Taiwan. He was raised in Orlando, Florida, where his father managed a successful group of steak and seafood restaurants. Huang identified with African-American culture, especially hip-hop, at a young age. He attended The University of Pittsburgh, Rollins College and graduated with a B.A. He earned a J.D. from Cardozo School of La ...more
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