By Jen Agg
“No one has big enough balls to go up against Jen Agg.” –Elle Magazine profile (May 2016)
“Each time [Agg] declares a trend, diners—and other restaurateurs—trail her with slack-jawed reverence…celebs like Anthony Bourdain and Gordan Ramsay and Justin Timberlake stop by when they’re in town… She has the canny ability to make young people feel sophisticated and older customers feel cool. Her empire is where they meet in the middle.” – Toronto Life profile (March 2016)
“I can’t ever take the ‘fuck’ out of the kitchen. It’s the Wild West, it’s always going to be like that, but do we have to humiliate and embarrass people who are just trying to prep their mise?” – Jen Agg, interview with Helen Rosner, Eater
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 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.
Doubleday Canada, Spring 2017