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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

October 14, 1998

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 4

2. "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: 6

Weeks on List: 3

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 5

4. "Vegetables," by James Peterson (Morrow, $35). More than 300 recipes plus step-by-step preparation tips and advice on buying and storing vegetables.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 5

5. "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: 37

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

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 4

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 5

8. "Rao's Cookbook," by Frank Pellegrino (Random House, $40). Recipes form New York's tiny and exclusive Italian Restaurant.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 17

9. "Naples at Table," by Arthur Schwartz (HarperCollins, $27.50). Bold flavors from the south, with more than 250 recipes.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 4

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

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