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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

October 07, 1998

1. "Jean-Georges," by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman (Broadway Books, $35). Creative restaurant cooking adapted for the home kitchen. 2/ 3

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 3

2. "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," by Deborah Madison (Broadway Books, $40). Vegetarian cookbook with 1,400 recipes and sections on ingredients and cooking methods. 1/ 36

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 36

3. "Le Bernardin Cookbook," by Maguy Le Coze and Eric Ripert (Doubleday, $35). Recipes from New York's legendary French seafood restaurant. 9/ 4

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 4

4. "Cucina Ebraica," by Joyce Goldstein (Chronicle Books, $24.95). Recipes collected from and inspired by Italy's Jewish cooks. 5/2

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 2

5. "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. 4/ 3

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 3

6. "Emeril's TV Dinners," By Emeril Lagasse, Marcelle Bienvenue, Felicia Willett and Brian Smale (William Morrow, $25). The "bam" of that N'Awlins man. 9/ 2

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 2

7. "Mediterranean Grains and Greens," by Paula Wolfert (HarperCollins, $27.50). Recipes for grains- and greens-based dishes are accompanied by traditional preparation techniques as well as adaptations for the American home kitchen. 7/ 5

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 5

8. "Chocolate," by Nick Malgieri (HarperCollins, $35). Finally, everything you really wanted to know about chocolate from one of America's best baking teachers. 6/ 2

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 2

9. "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. --/ 1

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

10. "Play With Your Pumpkins," by Joost Elffers, Saxton Freymann, and Johannes Van Damm (Joost Elffers Books, $10.95). Food may not be art, but treating it that way sure can be fun. --/ 1

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

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