I Hear She's A Real Bitch

I Hear She's A Real Bitch

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"Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg, the woman behind the popular The Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar, Rhum Corner, and Agrikol restaurants, is known for her frank, crystal-sharp and often hilarious observations and ideas on the restaurant industry and the world around her. I Hear She's a Real Bitch, her first book, is caustic yet intimate, and wryly observant; an unforgettable glimpse into the life of one of the most interesting, smart, trail-blazing voices of this moment"--Amazon.
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780385686877
Branch Call Number: 647.95 AGG
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I hear she is a real bitch

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celestetrottier
Dec 14, 2017

I could not put this book down. Jen's writing is clear and honest, with a lot of love, ambition and hard work. Loved reading a food book from the perspective of management and ownership - reflecting the work that goes into service, rather than the usual chef's memoir.

wendybird Aug 31, 2017

If you are interested in food and the restaurant biz, this new Canadian bio from Jenn Agg is a "must read!" While not a chef, Jenn has been literally creating the concepts, physical spaces and the flavours guiding several of this country's most exciting and innovative eating places. Toronto's Cobalt, The Black Hoof, Rhum Corner, as well as Montreal's "Agrikol (an interesting partnership with Arcade Fire's front couple Win Butler & Regine Chassagne) are her most successful establishments to date.
The writing really jumps to life when Ms. Agg carefully describes the creative processes surrounding each of the restaurants. You can literally feel her crackling with inspiration and creativity; I could have read about this stuff forever.
It's worth noting the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is quoted on the dustjacket : "Whatever Jenn Agg says is worth listening to...this is the book we've been waiting for, a terrific, beautifully written memoir."
As a dedicated reader and writer, I'll take just small issue with Mr. Bourdain . I did not feel her lengthy pages devoted to the fine details of both her sex life or menstruation made the book stronger, and I wonder if it wasn't just hubris talking. And perhaps not quite as much about the male domination of her business (smart readers got it fairly early on, and believe her! ).
Still, these are moot points (and you can skip over these bits, if you like) : I think this is easily one of the best books I've read in 2017.

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