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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

June 24, 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: 6

2. "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: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 21

3. "Smoothies," by Mary Corpening Barber, Sara Corpening and Lori Lyn Narlock (Chronicle, $15.95, paperback). Fifty simple blender recipes plus a section on fruit facts.

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WEEKS ON LIST: 1

4. "Flavors of Tuscany," by Nancy Harmon Jenkins (Broadway Books, $27.50). Recipes from Italy's most popular food region, plus the history and culture behind the dishes.

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WEEKS ON LIST: 1

5. "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: 7

6. "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.

LAST WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 7

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: 5

8. "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.

LAST WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 17

9. "Best Ice Cream Maker Cookbook Ever," by Peggy Fallon (HarperCollins, $15.95). Ice cream tips and recipes from the author of "The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever."

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WEEKS ON LIST: 1

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

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WEEKS ON LIST: 1

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

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