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Publisher's Summary

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 a Real B*tch, 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.

©2017 Jen Agg (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

"Whatever Jen Agg says is worth listening to. As owner of Toronto's excellent The Black Hoof, she's one of the most vocal and interesting observers of the peculiar subculture of the restaurant business. I Hear She's a Real B*tch is the book a lot of us have been waiting for. A terrific, beautifully written, frank, and funny memoir, and a compelling argument for pulling down the long outdated system of 'bro' culture that has dominated the industry since what feels like the beginning of time." (Anthony Bourdain)

"Jen Agg's I Hear She's A Real B*tch could help change restaurant culture.... Call her a bitch? She'll take the word and redefine it for you as an empowering adjective. Don't think workplace sexism is a real thing in restaurants? She'll organize a whole conference around the issue, as she did in the fall of 2015 after a Toronto pastry chef launched a human rights complaint over sexual harassment allegations at a King Street restaurant, and call it Kitchen Bitches.... If a generation of cooks followed Kitchen Confidential into the industry on the promised glory of good times and hard living, for largely different reasons - because restaurant ownership is so desperately lacking in diversity and because kitchen culture could sure use a change - with hope, I Hear She's a Real B*tch will do the same." (The Globe and Mail)

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A Must Read For Any Canadian

I absolutely loved this audio book, written and performed by Jen Agg. To me, Agg masterfully presents her life story to the reader, which is dotted with wonderful lessons, funny stories, and awesome references to places I know and love in Canada. Great to hear about an amazing Canadian rising above challenges and succeeding at the job she loves. Found I got a lot of personal introspection from listening to this book as well!

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Jen Agg is a Badass!

I loved listening to Jen tell her incredible life story! She was completely fearless in her endeavours and never took no for an answer. This book is full of so much more than just how to open a restaurant, although I found these chapters captivating. She also shares some great ideas on workplace culture, (which I definitely could translate into my male-dominated workplace) feminism and white privilege, and self awareness. She doesn't shy away from anything and that's why this book is so much more than just a "Girl Boss" how to. I love that she knows what she wants, and I truly think there are several take aways here (no pun intended!) that can be applied to many aspects of life.

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  • Lindsay
  • 2018-01-10

A delightful gem!

I stumbled across Jen’s book in the library and was delighted to find it on Audible (read by the author!). I’ve since recommended it to countless friends. Jen’s perspectives on business, life, feminism, and privilege are clear and concise - though she makes sure to acknowledge and leave room for the grey that comes with each. It was also refreshing to hear local Toronto and Montreal places referenced - an experience I don’t often get in literature. This is a surprising read that is deeper than it appears, though never gets too serious - a balancing act that she has perfected. It deserves your attention.

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  • Amy L.
  • 2020-11-02

Meh

I felt like the author was just defending her decisions throughout the entire book. It didn’t feel like a well thought out story whatsoever. Insecurity seeps through and I wouldn’t consider the author “a real bitch”, just childish and impulsive. The book was just barely interesting enough to finish.

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  • Dallas
  • 2019-06-15

example of pissy feminism at its best

A perfect example of pissy first world feminism not really doing anything of substance. Do a shot for every time she says feminism, white male, patriarchal society or glass ceilings. You'll have to rush to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Do not waste your money. it's actually sad because the chapters when she talks about food are amazing and you actually feel the passion behind her words. nevertheless, I can say after hearing her tell her story. no, no Jen isn't a Bitch. she is a straight up cunt who emotionally manipulates people to get her way. No joke, she even admits this in various chapters in the book.