I Hear She's a Real Bitch

I Hear She s a Real Bitch A sharp and candid memoir from a star in the restaurant world and an up and coming literary voice Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg the woman behind the popular The Black Hoof Cocktail Bar Rhum Corner

  • Title: I Hear She's a Real Bitch
  • Author: Jen Agg
  • ISBN: 9780385686877
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A sharp and candid memoir from a star in the restaurant world, and an up and coming literary voice 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 aA sharp and candid memoir from a star in the restaurant world, and an up and coming literary voice 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, Jen Agg s 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.

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    1. TWITTER GIVEAWAY: RT/Follow to win a finished copy. *US ONLY* Giveaway Ends 9/30/17. 8PM CST. My twitter handle is @howusefulitis Thanks! :-)About: I Hear She’s A Real Bitch is a memoir written by Jen Agg. It was recently published on 9/12/17 by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, paperback, 368 pages. The genres are autobiography, culinary, and non-fiction. My Experience: I started reading I Hear She’s a Real Bitch on 8/21/17 and finished it on 9/15/17. I enjoyed reading [...]

    2. Publication 16/05/17Confession: I had absolutely no clue who Jen Agg was, I have never eaten in any of her Toronto area restaurants, but I thought the title was intriguing enough to give it a try. The restaurant bits were really interesting, some of the personal life tidbits not so much. When one chapter switches from exploring the idea of the importance of getting along with your co-workers to relating how you stole your mom's vibrator at age 12, I cannot help but feel that way in which you hav [...]

    3. I am happy I won this book in a giveaway, as it is something I wouldn't pick up to read, unless I knew who she was or was familiar with her bars and restaurants. That being said, I actually enjoyed the book, it's very well written and offers quite a bit of insiders info in the hospitality business. The good, the bad and the ugly. From opening up to having to shut down and go bankrupt, to finding the man of your dreams and finally making it. The stupid "bro" mentality of hazing the new comers, t [...]

    4. An absolutely enlightening book on the progression of Toronto's culinary culture. Its a book written by one of the most influential minds behind Toronto's culinary and bar culture. Its an enticing read for anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant; but its an essential read for Toronto cooks. One of the best books I have ever red on the subject of Cooking and restaurant management.

    5. Okay soJen Agg is a person I admire, who makes restaurants I love. She is so fucking strong and has such vision and has only been kind and generous to me.But.I felt the first few chapters of this book were hard to read. Maybe I was imposing my prudishness or jealousy that my high school experience wasn't as salacious, but I just really didn't feel like I needed to read about the all the underage drinking and sex and stuff. The chapters about making restaurants are great. The art in the book is l [...]

    6. I appreciate that the author is an important part of the restaurant and bar industry. And her approach to leadership and business is impressive, especially re: breaking down gender stereotypes and encouraging wage equality. Totally amazing. As a book however, I'm left wanting. Truthfully I've never skimmed a book so fast, actually fully skipping over chapters (ie. the sections about her childhood memories and adult sex life felt like filler - fast forward please.) The most interesting stuff is a [...]

    7. A while ago I read Generation Chef: Risking It All for a New American Dream, the story of a young chef determined to open a renowned restaurant, and the business and food selection processes were most interesting. Jen Agg's story is from an opposite POV, in that is she was not a chef but a trained bartender, running her own cocktail bar in Toronto. After Agg lost the bar business she opened The Black Hoof, a restaurant featuring charcuterie, the craft of curing meat such as salami, sausages, pat [...]

    8. I don’t read a ton of memoirs, but I’m always very interested in women entrepreneurs and their stories. Jen Agg is in the restaurant business, and her story unfolds how she got into the industry, how she became successful, and all the good and bad in between. There was a lot of interesting aspects to the book, but a lot of slower moments for me that made it challenging for me to stay invested. I skipped around a bit but I enjoyed the motivational moments, just not an all around favorite of m [...]

    9. A great book that is a combination of food, booze, feminism, raunchy humor and swearing. Jen Agg's writing is fast, witty and felt like I was sitting inside her head and seeing all of the things she was describing. Highly recommend for anyone who loves the food world but is tired of only hearing the male perspective.

    10. I knew Jen Agg briefly in the late '90s when she and Tyler ran Cobalt, and I worked/lived/dated the owner of/was always at Aunties and Uncles, a very good brunch joint down the street. Jen was always warm and witty and Cobalt was fantastic, even if I shudder at the memory that my favourite cocktail was a sweet blue mess called, I believe, the Marge Simpson. So anyway, I've enjoyed watching Jen slay the Toronto bro-heavy restaurant scene, applauded her unapologetic feminism even if the delivery s [...]

    11. The Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar and Rhum Corner are about a twenty minute walk northeast from me. I like rum and have walked by the Rhum Corner to check it out but I seem to pick the wrong times because it's been closed when I've gone by. I'll get there eventually.Jen Agg is the owner of these bars/restaurants (along with two others) and this is her story. The book starts with her childhood in Scarborough, working in restaurants and bars for others, realizing her dream of opening her own bar (Cobal [...]

    12. This book is good, particularly the parts about her process of conceptualizing and designing her new restaurants, sexism in the industry, and the complexity of running excellent service. I learned a lot. I’m not an industry person but have enjoyed a meal at the Black Hoof and cocktails Cocktail Bar, so it was cool to learn more about the history of those establishments and her impressive journey in building them. It gave me new insight and appreciation for what my industry friends do for a liv [...]

    13. Once again, late-night probably-drunk me has gifted now-me with a book to read, courtesy of the online reservation system at my public library. I've gone over it in my head and I literally have no idea how I ended up on this book. I have never heard of Jen Agg before, never been to Toronto I do enjoy the hell out of fine dining but I've never heard of her places, and so on. For all I know my clicking 'place request' on my library's site was predicated solely on the book's title and if so great [...]

    14. Well, I read most of this before I lost it.The one breast thing halfway through was a shockerAs a parent of two young daughters this book was kind of a horror story. I hope my kids don't go wild like Agg did in her youth! Didn't really seem like her parents' fault. At least she turned out ok in the end. I think I got this book cos I've been reading about strong women, women in male dominated arenas, that kinda thing.UPDATE: ok I found it and am continuing. Her first restaurant went bankrupt so n [...]

    15. There were times I was listening to this and I could have sworn that Jen had reached into my head and put down the words she found there. Her honesty and unflinching straight-talk was incredibly refreshing. She's smart and self-aware and a hard worker. I highly recommend the audio, if only for her AMAZING attempts at describing the end of chapter illustrations!

    16. Man, Jen has a lot of opinions. I didn't agree with a lot of them (not loving female friendships sticks out for me but at least she acknowledged how ridiculous that is) but she delivered everything in such a straight forward, candid, well-thought-out way. Mostly I'm feeling inspired after reading this and, of course, I loved the stories behind some of Toronto's best restaurants.

    17. Great insight to the build of some of Toronto's iconic restaurants and a new dynasty in Toronto's culinary scene. Jen Agg is so relatable and cool. I would argue she will soon, if not already is synonymous with the city of Toronto.

    18. The memoirs I've read tend to be focused on either the art of writing or excellence in sport, so this was a refreshing read about the restaurant world. I admired Agg's work ethic, attention to detail, and gumption to voice many opinions. Like Roxane Gay did in "Bad Feminist," she admits when her actions fall short of feminism's ideals and many sentences contained bracketed, sometimes all-caps asides, almost anticipating criticism or backlash. She knows she's not going to please anybody, but she' [...]

    19. Ok I wanted to love this book. I enjoyed it, I did not wholeheartedly love it. While I appreciate Agg's tone and candid descriptions of restaurant life and her personal history, I did not appreciate the sentences-within-sentences style that showed up too frequently. I just want to read one point, then the next!On the memoir itself - I thought the first half of the book was FANTASTIC. I ate up every story of restaurant life, building a business and growing up in the Toronto area. I will keep this [...]

    20. Sharp. Raw. Real. Insightful. Poetic. Enlightening.Just a few words to describe the poetic and impressive writing c/o Jen Agg. The takeaway? She's not a restauranter. She's an artist. A writer. A dreamer. Each chapter of the book weaves into the next, as she shares tales about her start behind a random bar in Toronto, to her failed first marriage, opening her first bar on College (called Cobalt, which I went to at the tender age of 19! and ordered a mars bar martini, so safe to say i've grown up [...]

    21. Agg's personality comes out very strongly in her writing. Interestingly enough for me, while she and I appear to have personalities that contrast pretty harshly our opinions on a variety of topics don't vary that much, making this a pretty interesting read on that front. I really liked the candid insight into the industry and learning about all sorts of different components about running and starting restaurants. I've never eaten at any of Agg's restaurants and there is a good chance that I neve [...]

    22. A thoroughly interesting and detailed account of operating a small, upscale restaurant. Attention is given to every little nuance in order for the customer to have a delightful experience. We also learn all about the owner and how she came to developing and running her establishment.

    23. I had heard a thing or two about Jen Agg's memoir I Hear She's a Real Bitch before I was able to get my hands on it. Agg is a Toronto restaurateur, a successful woman in a testosterone industry, so I figured she'd be smart and tough and not really someone to trifle with. And all that is true. But what I didn't know is that's just the beginning of the Jen Agg story. First, a couple of disclaimers. This book is not for everyone. She holds almost nothing back of her history, so anyone who is squea [...]

    24. Jen Agg is an undeniable force in the restaurant world. While I don't have similar tendencies in communicating my own thoughts and feelings (I do my best to be accommodating, as I've been programmed, although it may be accompanied by a scowl I cannot control), as a woman, I'm grateful for her strong voice. Equality is an important conversation, and one that's long overdue.During the sections of the book that veered more towards a manual of "how to open and run a restaurant or bar," I found mysel [...]

    25. Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Canada for providing me with an advanced copy of Jen Agg's memoir, I Hear She's a Real Bitch, in exchange for an honest reviewOT- Jen Agg's memoir, I Hear She's a Real Bitch, details her life as a successful restaurateur in Canada. LIKE- Previous to reading her memoir, I had never heard of Agg, nor have I dined in any of her restaurants. I was drawn to the concept of her memoir and was not disappointed. What comes across most, is Agg's love [...]

    26. A Memoir of the Restaurant BusinessJan Agg owns bars and restaurants. Perhaps the one most people have heard of is The Black Hoof in Toronto. It’s a restaurant and bar that specializes in charcuterie. I have never been to a bar specializing in serving a selection of spicy meats, but it sounds delicious. The book is the story of how Jen found her passion in developing and owning great restaurants. It’s not an easy life to provide delicious food for a varied clientele, but according to Jen, it [...]

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