Jersey Diners

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New Jersey Monthly named Peter Genovese one of the twenty-five "New Jerseyans We Love."

There is nothing more "Jersey" than a diner. Adorning the highways and byways of fully half of the state's 566 municipalities, no one in New Jersey lives far from one. There are more diners here than in any other state, and on top of that, one of the two remaining diner manufacturers is located in the Garden State.

In a year of roadside research, Peter ...

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Overview


New Jersey Monthly named Peter Genovese one of the twenty-five "New Jerseyans We Love."

There is nothing more "Jersey" than a diner. Adorning the highways and byways of fully half of the state's 566 municipalities, no one in New Jersey lives far from one. There are more diners here than in any other state, and on top of that, one of the two remaining diner manufacturers is located in the Garden State.

In a year of roadside research, Peter Genovese talked to owners, employees, and customers, and ate more bacon and egg sandwiches than he cares to remember. The result is a funny, revealing book about a beloved American institution. Whether you want to know where and how diners started, who invented eggs served in a skillet, why these twenty-four-hours-a-day eateries are so popular, or, most important, which one has the best French toast, Jersey Diners has the answers.

Packed with facts, trivia, and stories about the owners, employees, and clientele, the book is also complemented with over three hundred evocative, beautiful photos of the buildings, their distinctive dTcor, the food, and the people who love it from Sussex to Salem counties.

This newly revised edition includes a fully updated directory that details where you can find every diner throughout the state!

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Editorial Reviews

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France has its bistros and brasseries; England has its pubs; New Jersey has diners. With compulsive gusto (and apparently a very good map), Peter Genovese spent a year hungrily researching all 550 diners in the Garden State. The author of The Jersey Shore Uncovered not only gorged himself on BLTs and breakfast omelets; he interviewed mom-and-pop owners, waiters, waitresses, cooks, and, of course, the well-fed clientele.
The Courier-Post

"The definitive work on the culinary phenomenon."
author of Diners - John Baeder

"Genovese enhances, expands, and gets down to the core, essence, and soul of dinerdom. A spirited and refreshing look at an important subculture—also near and dear to my heart."
New Jersey Monthly

"A crusader for all things New Jersey."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"A diner is not only a place to eat, it is a hangout, a community center, often more of a town hall than Town Hall is," says journalist Peter Genovese. "Wealth, possessions, background count for little; inside, everyone is equal." And nowhere are there more of these bastions of democracy than New Jersey. In Jersey Diners, Genovese salutes the state's 550 "colorful and kitschy" purveyors of food. Photos and illustrations provide a wonderful tour of the Garden State's not-so-secret treasures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813538761
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Rivergate Book Series
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,459,858
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


PETER GENOVESE, a feature writer for The Star-Ledger, eats, lives-even dreams-New Jersey. The author of The Jersey Shore Uncovered, Roadside New Jersey, and The Great American Roadtrip (all published by Rutgers University Press), he has driven more than one million miles around the state in the past twenty years.
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Table of Contents

Opening time 1
A five-star diner 7
Eggs over 10
A side order of history 17
Wildwood diner, 9 A.M. 35
Steve and Jerry 40
Not that Salem Oak, the other Salem Oak 49
Keeping it in the family 55
Looney bell 63
Food, glorious food 67
City diners 77
The diner queen and other fanatics 90
How to decorate your diner 101
At the sign of the Scotty dog 109
Manna - or mana - from heaven 126
Dreaming of diners 133
White circle system, 5 P.M. 141
Young at heart 150
Short stacks 160
South Jersey legends 172
Last diner to Clarksville 182
You ought to be in the movies 189
Happy waitresses 201
Diner highway 207
Closing time 214
New Jersey diner directory 221
Acknowledgments 241
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