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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

April 14, 1999

1. "The New York Times Passover Cookbook," edited by Linda Amster (William Morrow, $25). Collection of almost 50 years of Seder recipes.

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 6

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 29

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: 4

Weeks on List: 62

4. "Kitchen Sessions With Charlie Trotter," by Charlie Trotter (Ten Speed Press, $29.95). Companion volume to Trotter's TV show focuses on preparing fine cuisine at home.

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 10

5. "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: 5

Weeks on List: 10

6. "Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook," by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, $35). A contemporary spin on party finger foods.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

7. "Tender at the Bone," by Ruth Reichl (Broadway Books, paperback, $13). A culinary memoir from the New York Times restaurant critic who is about to become editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.

Last Week:7

Weeks on List: 5

8. "The Pie and Pastry Bible," by Rose Levy Beranbaum (Scribner, $35). Another masterwork from America's most obsessive cookbook writer.

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 23

9. "Soup: A Way of Life," by Barbara Kafka (Artisan, $35). All soups, all the time.

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 23

10. "Sophia Loren's Recipes and Memories," by Sophia Loren (Good Times Publishing, $28). Favorite family recipes and anecdotes from the movie star.

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 8

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

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