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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

May 12, 1999

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 2

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 33

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 2

5. "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: 6

Weeks on List: 66

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: 2

Weeks on List: 4

7. "Tender at the Bone" by Ruth Reichl (Broadway Books, paperback, $13). A culinary memoir from the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 9

8. "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: 8

Weeks on List: 14

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 27

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

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

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