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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

July 15, 1998

1. "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," by Deborah Madison (Broadway Books, $40). Vegetarian cookbook with 1,400 recipes and sections on ingredients and cooking methods.

LAST WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 24

2. "Rao's Cookbook," by Frank Pellegrino (Random House, $40). Recipes from New York's tiny and exclusive Italian restaurant.

LAST WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 10

3. "Born to Grill," by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison (Harvard Common Press, $27.95). American barbecue cookery.

LAST WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 9

4. "The Barbecue! Bible," by Steven Raichlen (Workman, paperback $18.95). More than 500 recipes, plus notes on equipment, ingredients, marinades and rubs.

LAST WEEK: --

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

5. "License to Grill," by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby (Morrow, $27.50). Everyday and exotic recipes for the grill.

LAST WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

6. "Elizabeth David Classics," by Elizabeth David (Biscuit Books, $14.98). Three books--"Mediterranean Food," "French Country Cooking" and "Summer Cooking"--in one volume from the late English food writer.

LAST WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 8

7. "New Making of a Cook," by Madeleine Kamman (Morrow, $40). Monumental revision of a cookbook classic. Guide to cooking techniques and the whys of cooking with recipes.

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WEEKS ON LIST: 25

8. "Tender at the Bone," by Ruth Reichl (Random House, $23). A culinary memoir from the New York Times restaurant critic.

LAST WEEK: --

WEEKS ON LIST: 7

9. "El Cholo Cookbook," by Merrill Shindler (Angel City Press, $18.95). Recipes from one of L.A.'s oldest Mexican restaurants.

LAST WEEK: --

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

10. "Intimate Gatherings," by Ellen Rose and Jessica Strand (Chronicle, $18.95). Seasonal menus for small dinner parties.

LAST WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

Rankings are based on a Times poll of national cookbook and independent booksellers.

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