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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

May 19, 1999

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 3

2. "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: 6

3. "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: 6

Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 10

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 3

6. "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes.4

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 34

7. "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: 5

Weeks on List: 67

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: 15

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 2

10. "A Food-Lover's Guide to Paris," by Patricia Wells (Workman, paperback, $16.95). Everyone's favorite American in Paris is back.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

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