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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

August 09, 2000

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 11

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 24

3. "Dr. Atkins' Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook" by Robert C. and Veronica C. Atkins (Simon & Schuster, $14). Diet recipes from the bestselling author.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 3

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

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 14

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 2

6. "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: 45

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: 7

Weeks on List: 87

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

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 31

9. "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: 6

Weeks on List: 38

10. "Soul of a Chef" by Michael Ruhlman (Viking Press, $26.95). What makes chefs cook?

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

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