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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

August 02, 2000

1. "The Cake Mix Doctor" by Anne Byrn (Workman, $14.95). How to turn a box cake into something special.

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 23

2. "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury Publishing, $24.95). Life in the culinary trenches.

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 10

3. "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home" by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin (Alfred Knopf, $40). A spirited kitchen conversation between two great cooks.

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 44

4. "Dr. Atkins' Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook" by Robert C. and Veronica C. Atkins (Simon and Schuster, $14). Diet recipes from the best-selling author.

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 2

5. 'The Low-Carb Cookbook' by Fran McCullough (Hyperion, $23.95). Recipes for the diet that's all the rage.

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 30

6. "The French Laundry Cookbook" by Thomas Keller, Michael Ruhlman and Susie Heller (Artisan, $50). Recipes and inspiration from the famous Napa Valley restaurant.

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 37

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

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 86

8. "The Carbohydrate Addict's Cookbook" by Richard F. Heller (John Wiley & Sons, $24.95). Yet another spin on the popular diet.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 13

9. "Healthy Life Kitchen" by Marilu Henner (Regan Books, $26). Healthy cooking advice from the former Taxi star.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 17

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

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