Wine Girl: A sommelier's tale of making it in the toxic world of fine dining (Paperback)Victoria James (author)
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America's youngest sommelier lifts the lid on the misogynistic world of fine dining and her route back to rediscovering her love of wine in this shocking and entertaining memoir.
Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Book Awards 2021
Aged twenty-one, Victoria James was named the US's youngest sommelier, working in Michelin-starred restaurants, serving the finest wines.
The groping patrons she learned to handle, but, behind the scenes, the world of high-end dining was a mess of fractious relationships and unacknowledged abuse. It would take hitting rock-bottom for Victoria to find her way back to the industry she adores.
Wine Girl is the memoir of a young woman breaking free from her traumatic childhood. It's the story of overcoming a notoriously misogynistic business, and of the restorative power of a glass of wine with friends.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 124 x 28 mm
'An uplifting story of grit and resilience that will leave you with an appetite for the pleasures that James so vividly describes' - The Mail on Sunday
'Hugely entertaining' - Jay Rayner, The Observer
'James does for wine what Anthony Bourdain did for the high-pressure, low-margin world of professional restaurants, exposing secrets kept from customers ... James offers a fresh lexicon for a young generation of "cork dorks" hungry to know and talk about wine ... But James's story is edged with the darkness of her experience in hospitality ... [her] story shows how precarious life on the knife-edge of survival in the restaurant industry really is. Almost unbelievably, she retained an abiding love for wine' - The Financial Times
'Don't read this book without wine to hand. I glugged at the gossipy bits, sipped at the sad parts ... In Wine Girl James spills all on Manhattan's fine-dining world ... you'll raise a glass to her extraordinary resilience' - Laura Pullman, The Sunday Times
'A brilliantly Bourdain-ish tale of a young woman making her way through the sexist American fine-dining world. A glass of rich white burgundy, such as Christophe Cordier's, will enhance the experience of the chapter in which James deals hilariously with a chauvinistic mansplainer and a bottle of super-expensive white burgundy' - David Williams, The Observer
'Wine Girl speaks to a new generation. This memoir is not an easy read. It is, yes, about discovering wine and becoming a sommelier, but also about a difficult upbringing ... and gender politics, and sexual abuse and harassment in and around the "toxic world of fine dining"' - The Telegraph
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