Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the Counter

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  • ebook
  • 256 pages
  • Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the Counter
  • Jessica Wragg
  • 18 December 2018
  • 0062863940

About the Author: Jessica Wragg

Jessica Wragg is an author from Derbyshire A butcher since she was sixteen, her first book entitled Girl on the Block, will be published by Dey Street on the 6th August 2019 It combines her love of writing with a career in the meat industry spanning over a decade Her previous work has appeared in various publications, notably Lenny Letter and Vice Throughout her career, she has been featured in the independent, the Daily Mail, and starred in short films with Channel 4, ABC and the BBC as well as working on a nationwide media campaign for Tabasco sauce She regularly takes part in talks and panel discussions regarding women in male dominated industries and is Red Cross ambassador for the EmpowHER campaign She currently resides in Brixton, South London


Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the CounterBy Top Female Butcher At London S Acclaimed Ginger Pig, A Memoir Of Coming Of Age Behind The Counter, Exploring Butchery As An Art Form And Taking An Incisive Look At An Industry On The BrinkWhen Sixteen Year Old Jessica Wragg Applied For A Job At The Local Farm Shop In Her Hometown Of Chesterfield, England, She Never Expected To Land A Position Behind The All Male Butchery Counter Young And Enthusiastic, And Fueled By A Newfound Fascination With The Craft, Wragg Quickly Found Herself The Ultimate Outsider Among Seasoned Experts Who Spoke A Secret Language To Fool Customers And Who Were Reluctant To Share The Tricks Of Their Trade With A NoviceA Decade Later, Against All Odds, Wragg Is A Rising Star In An Industry That Is Steeped In Tradition, And Often Problematically Set In Its Ways Like Her Female Counterparts In The Restaurant World, She Has Had To Fight To Establish Herself In The Meat Industry, Memorizing Muscle And Bone And Tendon, While Battling Sexism And Ageism, And Returning Home With Blood On Her Boots At The End Of Fourteen Hour DaysWragg Blends Her Personal Journey With A Rich History Of Butchery And A Lyrical Exploration Of The Sanctity Of Her Craft She Also Takes A Clear Eyed Look At The Contemporary Meat Industry, As Readers Accompany Her From Butchering Her First Carcass To Navigating The Ever Changing Ideologies Around Ethical Meat Consumption Girl On The Block Is A Raw, Rollicking Tour Through One Of One Of The World S Oldest, Dirtiest, And Most Fascinating Professions

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10 thoughts on “Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the Counter

  1. Lee Woodruff says:

    he vein of the tell all foodie memoir trend, ala Anthony Bourdain or Sweetbitter Britain s top female butcher tells the story of how a simple job at 16 behind the local butcher counter in Chesterfield, England led to her journey as a rising star She pulls the curtain back on the all male meat industry and gives us a ringside seat to what it was like to be the only woman in the ultra competitive, tradition bound industry.Finding herself behind the all male counter, her too large boots and apro he vein of the tell all foodie memoir trend, ala Anthony Bourdain or Sweetbitter Britain s top female butcher tells the story of how a simple job at 16 behind the local butcher counter in Chesterfield, England led to her journey as a rising star She pulls the curtain back on the all male meat industry and gives us a ringside seat to what it was like to be the only woman in the ultra competitive, tradition bound industry.Finding herself behind the all male counter, her too large boots and apron splattered with blood and animal innards, Wragg learned the craft of butchery and realizes she is falling in love with this art form As her career moves forward, she masters animal anatomy and knife skills and begins to realize she can bring her concepts for ethical meat eating to the industry and help rise of the other women of meat in the process A talented writer, the book is also peppered with recipes, facts about meat and explanations for the layman about how and when to carve

  2. Meredith Spidel says:

    Such a lovely, true tale of the struggle of a young woman in a unique setting Inspiring journey that leaves you cheering for Wragg every step of the way

  3. Holly says:

    I learned a lot about the art of butchering through reading this book and certainly developed a greater appreciation for it, for animals and the respect we need to pay to any meat on our plates or in our markets That said, the book was a tad disjointed in places no pun intended as it would switch from butchery to personal travails I know that s what a memoir is all about, but I found the interspersed bits about dating problems to be a distraction in that they didn t add much to the story and I learned a lot about the art of butchering through reading this book and certainly developed a greater appreciation for it, for animals and the respect we need to pay to any meat on our plates or in our markets That said, the book was a tad disjointed in places no pun intended as it would switch from butchery to personal travails I know that s what a memoir is all about, but I found the interspersed bits about dating problems to be a distraction in that they didn t add much to the story and came at awkward points Interesting book and professional life story thus far

  4. Suzanne says:

    Reviewed for Shelf Awareness I read this coming from a farming and restaurant background and still found it entertaining and educational I loved the bits on how to tie a roast, cut a chicken, etc, plus Jessica Wragg s life story is a pretty interesting journey to follow I m looking forward to readingas she shakes up the butchering world and tells us all about it.

  5. Jessica says:

    When Jessica Wragg was 16 she got a job in a local farm store While she was hired to work the register in the butcher area, she became interested in learning to work as a butcher after seeing the butchers at work Because she was young and a woman she had a hard time getting the butchers to teach her anything, but eventually she did learn how to do some actual butchering In college she worked part time at awell known butcher shop in London and eventually went on to work in marketing for When Jessica Wragg was 16 she got a job in a local farm store While she was hired to work the register in the butcher area, she became interested in learning to work as a butcher after seeing the butchers at work Because she was young and a woman she had a hard time getting the butchers to teach her anything, but eventually she did learn how to do some actual butchering In college she worked part time at awell known butcher shop in London and eventually went on to work in marketing for an up and coming butcher shop While parts of her story were interesting, there was a LOT of sexual harassment and really terrible work environments literally everywhere she worked in this book I know it s often harder for women to be taken seriously in commercial kitchens and in butcher shops, but her experiences make me wonder why she even kept going in that field The last chapter wasabout drama with her boyfriend than anything else She did give some information about meat and butchery between chapters, but overall it was just OK Thankfully it was a pretty quick read.A quote I did like On average, one pound of industrially farmed chicken costs two dollars, while free range cost five dollars One pound of ground beef from intensive farms cost five dollars, while free range costs almost nine dollars As consumers, what we see first is the price And it s easy to understand why we would opt for the cheaper andconvenient option, neatly packaged and ready for us to simply pick up and put in our basket What we don t see are the larger ethical and environmental implications that go hand in hand with choosing to buy meat that has been reared quickly in a confined space and on a mass scale p 80

  6. Sarah Alice says:

    I found the descriptions of craft butchery very interesting, but the story itself is fairly ordinary and lacks the necessary insight to make it worthy of a memoir I would go up to 2.5 stars if half stars were an option, but 3 feels too generous.

  7. Jay King says:

    A fantastically well written debut novel which takes us through a coming of age shaped by the unique perspective of being a young woman almost by accident being thrust into the harsh and typically older male dominated meat industry and finding a niche whilst dealing with all the typical and not so typical at times trials of early adulthood and self discovery A brilliant journey to read, with highlights of the meat industry strewn throughout, makes for a brilliantly informative, yet not overdo A fantastically well written debut novel which takes us through a coming of age shaped by the unique perspective of being a young woman almost by accident being thrust into the harsh and typically older male dominated meat industry and finding a niche whilst dealing with all the typical and not so typical at times trials of early adulthood and self discovery A brilliant journey to read, with highlights of the meat industry strewn throughout, makes for a brilliantly informative, yet not overdone insight into this industry, alongside Jessica s story taking place within this world Would recommend to foodies and non foodies alike

  8. Emma Waterman says:

    Quite enjoyed it A good book for conflicted meat eaters out there to pick up the author does a nice job of discussing ethical farming and grappling with her own continuing choice to eat meat.

  9. Kristi Lamont says:

    Unless you re super interested in the art of butchery and the specifics of every cut of meat as described by a body dysmorphic and ethically sketchy Millennial, don t bother with this book I wish I hadn t.

  10. Beth Jusino says:

    This is a book rushed to press after a blog went viral, and it shows I was hoping for a foodie memoir about food choices, hard physical work, and gender roles Instead, I found a series of half organized vignettes about the self absorbed years of late high school and college, written by a spoiler alert marketing manager who still seasonally moonlights at her high school job I finished it wishing the author had given her work and perspective as much time to dry age, deepening the flavors, a This is a book rushed to press after a blog went viral, and it shows I was hoping for a foodie memoir about food choices, hard physical work, and gender roles Instead, I found a series of half organized vignettes about the self absorbed years of late high school and college, written by a spoiler alert marketing manager who still seasonally moonlights at her high school job I finished it wishing the author had given her work and perspective as much time to dry age, deepening the flavors, as her employers give their beef