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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

June 03, 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. 1/ 18

LAST WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 18

2. "Rao's Cookbook," by Frank Pellegrino (Random House, $40). Recipes from New York's tiny and exclusive Italian restaurant. 3/ 4

LAST WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

3. "Born to Grill," by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison (Harvard Common Press, $27.95). American barbecue cookery. 2/ 3

LAST WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

4. "The Cafe Cookbook," by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray (Broadway Books, $35). Recipes from London's River Cafe showing off Rogers' and Gray's bold cooking style. 9/ 4

LAST WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

5. "The 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. 4/ 20

LAST WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 20

6. "CookWise," by Shirley O. Corriher (Morrow, $28.50). Hows and whys of cooking with 235 recipes and at-a-glance problem-solving charts. 5/ 21

LAST WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 21

7. "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 English food writer. 6/ 2

LAST WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

8. "Bobby Flay's From My Kitchen to Your Table," by Bobby Flay and Joan Schwartz (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). Flay's restaurant recipes translated into at-home meals for eight. --/ 3

LAST WEEK: --

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

9. "The Man Who Ate Everything," by Jeffrey Steingarten (Knopf, $27.50). Vogue columnist's collection of 40 essays. --/ 4

LAST WEEK: --

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

10. "Cooking With the Two Fat Ladies," by Jennifer Patterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright (Clarkson Potter, $25). Companion to Food Network TV series offering recipes with humor. 8/ 20

LAST WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 20

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

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