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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

June 17, 1998

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

LAST WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 5

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

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WEEKS ON LIST: 20

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

LAST WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 6

4. "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.

LAST WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 22

5. "L'Atelier of Joel Robuchon," by Patricia Wells and Joel Robuchon (John Wiley & Sons, $50). Ten of the three-star chef's most famous dishes, plus recipes from five of his disciples in French cuisine.

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WEEKS ON LIST: 6

6. "Marcella Cucina," by Marcella Hazan (HarperCollins, $35). The woman who taught America how to cook Italian gets personal with recipes that show how she cooks at home.

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WEEKS ON LIST: 16

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 late English food writer.

LAST WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

8. "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.

LAST WEEK: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 22

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

LAST WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 23

10. "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.

LAST WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 10

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

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