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Reading is Zero Calories!

Stories from NJ Diners by Michael C. Gabriele
Frequent diner customers, look no further for a book that combines eclectic New Jersey diner culture with hit local favorites. Learn about the history of Pal’s Diner, a legendary diner formerly located in Mahwah, which had customers lining up out the door during its heyday in the 1950s. To New Jersey residents, as this newly released book details, diners are more than just restaurants; they are testaments to community, fond memories and great food.

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
This memoir is as tender and flavorful as the dishes described in it. Tender at the Bone is author Ruth Reichl’s own coming-of-age story marked by milestones of food, including her mother’s creative and frugal home cooking to her exposure to the greater culinary scene. There are recipes sprinkled into each chapter, giving real-life flavor to the narrative. Pick this up for a witty story of growing up and learning to love food combined with recipes you can try out for yourself.

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
This cookbook is an essential in every kitchen, no fancy ingredients or equipment needed. Learn how to make simple, fresh meals using basic tools and straightforward culinary techniques. With sections dedicated to sauces, appetizers, soups and salads, look no further for an all-encompassing book on everything you need to know about cooking, including recipes on how to make gravy and how to put together a last-minute picnic in the park. Mark Bittman is an award-winning author and columnist who is coming to Bookends Bookstore for a book signing in Ridgewood on Oct. 4.

Warning: Although reading is a calorie-free activity, these selections may make you hungry!