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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

July 28, 1999

1. "Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill," by Bobby Flay (Hyperion, $29.95). Wild and crazy recipes for the backyard chef. 1/9

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 9

2. "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. 2/43

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 43

3. "LaBelle Cuisine," by Patti LaBelle (Broadway Books, $25). First "Lady Marmalade," now this--recipes from the soul diva. 4/13

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 13

4. "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook," by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). Recipes from the specialty food store of the same name in the Hamptons. 6/16

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 16

5. "Weber's Art of the Grill," by Jamie Purviance (Chronicle Books, $35). If they don't know grilling, who does? 7/4

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 4

6. "Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook," by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, $35). A contemporary spin to party finger foods. 8/16

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 16

7. "The Barbecue Bible," by Steven Raichlen (Workman, paperback, $18.95). More than 500 recipes, plus notes on equipment, ingredients, marinades and rubs. 3/ 15

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 15

8. "A Spoonful of Ginger," by Nina Simonds (Alfred Knopf, $30). Health-giving recipes from Asia. 5/13

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 13

9. "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," by Deborah Madison (Broadway Books, $40). Vegetarian cookbook with 1,400 recipes and sections on ingredients and cooking methods. 9/ 77

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 77

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 10

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

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