#BookReview: I Hear She’s a Real Bitch by Jen Agg

i hear she's a real bitchAbout the Book

From the moment she opened her first bar, Jen Agg knew she could only be her own boss from then on. I Hear She’s a Real Bitch tells the story of how she fought her way through the patriarchal service industry and made it happen, from getting her first job pouring drinks all the way to starting Toronto’s culinary revival and running some of Canada’s most famous restaurants. And she shares what she discovered through years of hard work and learning from her mistakes: how to run a great restaurant that’s also a great business.

Readers who loved Gabrielle Hamilton’s bestselling Blood, Bones, and Butter will devour this raw, uninhibited debut. Studded with Agg’s frank and often hilarious observations on an industry in which sexism has been normalized, I Hear She’s a Real Bitch is more than just a story about starting a restaurant: it is a rallying cry for a feminist revolution in the culinary world.

My Review

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 mine.

3 stars

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