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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

October 21, 1998

1. "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: 2

Weeks on List: 4

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2. "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: 5

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3. "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: 5

Weeks on List: 38

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 5

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5. "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: 6

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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: 6

Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 3

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8. "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: --

Weeks on List: 2

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9. "Lidia's Italian Table" by Lidia Bastianich (William Morrow, $26). The woman described as "Italy's great mom cook" shares some of her recipes.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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10. "Saveur Cooks Authentic American" by the editors of Saveur Magazine (Chronicle Books, $40). A celebration of American cooking in photographs and recipes.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

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