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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

September 02, 1998

1. "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: 1

Weeks on List: 31

2. "The Barbecue! Bible," by Steven Raichlen (Workman, paperback, $18.95). More than 500 recipes, plus notes on equipment, ingredients, marinades and rubs.

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 7

3. "CookWise," by Shirley O. Corriher (Morrow, $28.50). Hows and whys of cooking with 235 recipes and at-a-glance problem-solving charts.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 25

4. "Rao's Cookbook," by Frank Pellegrino (Random House, $40). Recipes from New York's tiny and exclusive Italian restaurant.

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Weeks on List: 15

5. "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: 5

Weeks on List: 24

6. "New Making of a Cook," by Madeleine Kamman (Morrow, $40). Monumental revision of a cookbook classic. Guide to cooking techniques and the whys of cooking with recipes.

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 29

7. "Little Italy Cookbook," by Davaid Ruggerio (Artisan, $29.95). An exploration and celebration of traditional Italian-American family recipes.

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 2

8. "You Say Tomato," by Joanne Weir (Broadway Books, paperback, $15). Tomato recipes, lore and famous tomato quotes.

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Weeks on List: 5

9. "The New Cook," by Donna Hay (Whitecap Books, paperback, $17.95). Modern, easy to make recipes.

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Weeks on List: 1

10. "Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen," by Rick Bayless (Scribner, $35). Mexican cooking that preserves the authenticity of traditional dishes from the well-known Chicago chef.

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 2

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

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