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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

November 18, 1998

1. "Jean-Georges," by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman (Broadway Books, $35). Creative restaurant cooking adapted for the home kitchen.

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 9

2. "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 9

3. "Emeril's TV Dinners," By Emeril Lagasse, Marcelle Bienvenue, Felicia Willett and Brian Smale (William Morrow, $25). The "bam" of that N'Awlins man.

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 8

4. "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: 3

Weeks on List: 42

5. "The Pie and Pastry Bible," by Rose Levy Beranbaum (Scribner, $35). Another masterwork from America's most obsessive cookbook writer.

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 3

6. "Soup: A Way of Life," by Barbara Kafka (Artisan, $35). All soups, all the time.

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 3

7. "Desserts by Pierre Herme," by Pierre Herme and Dorie Greenspan (Little, Brown, $35). Probably the most stylish dessert book of the year from France's current king of pastries.

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 2

8. "Ducasse, Flavors of France," by Alain Ducasse and Linda Dannenberg (Artisan, $50). Ambitious home-style cooking from the six-star chef.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

9. "Chocolate," by Nick Malgieri (HarperCollins, $35). Finally, everything you wanted to know about chocolate from one of America's great baking teachers.

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 7

10. "Taste for Living: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for Fighting Cancer," by Beth Ginsberg and Mike Milken (Allen & Osborne Inc., $27.50). The former junk-bond king's favorite low-fat recipes.

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 6

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

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