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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

August 30, 2000

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on Kist: 14

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on Kist: 27

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

Last Week: 6

Weeks on Kist: 17

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on Kist: 90

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on Kist: 5

6. "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: 8

Weeks on Kist: 6

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on Kist: 3

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 Kist: 34

9. "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: 9

Weeks on Kist: 48

10. "The New Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker (Scribner, $35). The updated version of the cooking classic.

Last Week: 10

Weeks on Kist: 33

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

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