Audacious chef Eddie Huang's memoir recounts how cooking helped him escape a stormy childhood.
Fresh Off the Boat:
by Eddie Huang
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“I wanted to rent a lion, but they said the insurance was too much,” Eddie Huang told me, offhandedly, one chilly afternoon late last year. We were discussing the four-minute TED talk he’s preparing to deliver at the organization’s annual conference this February, “I Dreamt of White Lions.” Its main point, according to Huang, who is a 2013 TED Fellow, is that “lions are the king of the animal kingdom like white people rule the world. But neither of those ideas have any power unless you give it.” He was hoping to illustrate his upending of the received wisdom by walking a tame lion onstage, where it would sit next to him like a docile cat while he spoke.
The plan, at once hilarious, provocative, and somewhat improbable, is not unlike Huang himself. It was designed, like everything he does, for maximum impact. Many
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