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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

September 30, 1998

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 2

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/ 35

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 35

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 3

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

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 2

5. "Cucina Ebraica," by Joyce Goldstein (Chronicle Books, $24.95). Recipes collected from and inspired by Italy's Jewish cooks. --/1

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

6 "Chocolate," by Nick Malgieri (HarperCollins, $35). Finally, everything you really wanted to know about chocolate from one of America's best baking teachers. --/ 1

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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. 3/ 4

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 4

8. "The New Joy of Cooking," By Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker (Scribner, $30). The legendary American cookbook gets a new look. --/ 21

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 21

9. "Emeril's TV Dinners," By Emeril Lagasse, Marcelle Bienvenue, Felicia Willett and Brian Smale (William Morrow, $25). The "bam" of that N'Awlins man. --/ 1

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Weeks on List: 1

10. "The Barbecue! Bible," By Steven Raichlen (Workman, $18.95). More than 500 recipes, plus notes on equipment, ingredients, marinades and rubs. --/ 10

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 10

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

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