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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

July 07, 1999

1. "Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill" by Bobby Flay (Hyperion, $29.95). Wild and crazy recipes for the backyard chef.

Last week: 1

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: 2

Weeks on list: 40

****

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

Last week: 6

Weeks on list: 12

****

4. "A Spoonful of Ginger," by Nina Simonds (Alfred Knopf, $30). Healing recipes from China.

Last week: 8

Weeks on list: 10

****

5. "LaBelle Cuisine," by Patti LaBelle (Broadway Books, $25). First "Lady Marmalade," now this--recipes from the soul diva.

Last week: 9

Weeks on list: 10

****

6. "Weber's Art of the Grill," by Jamie Purviance (Chronicle Books, $35). If they don't know grilling, who does?

Last week: --

Weeks on list: 1

****

7. "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook," by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). Recipes from the specialty food store of the same name in the Hamptons.

Last week: 4

Weeks on list: 13

****

8. "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: 7

Weeks on list: 14

****

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

Last week: 3

Weeks on list: 13

****

10. "Parisian Home Cooking," by Michael Roberts (William Morrow, $25). How the French really do it.

Last week: 10

Weeks on list: 4

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

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