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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

July 21, 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: 8

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: 42

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: 3

Weeks on List: 14

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

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 12

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 12

6. "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: 7

Weeks on List: 15

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

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 3

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 15

9. "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: 8

Weeks on List: 76

10. "Learning to Cook With Marion Cunningham," by Marion Cunningham (Random House, $29.95). Get the basics from one of America's great home cooks.

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 10

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

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