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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

March 08, 2000

1. "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home" by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin (Alfred Knopf, $40). A spirited kitchen conversation between two great cooks. 1/23

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 23

2. "The Cake Mix Doctor" by Anne Byrn (Workman, $14.95). How to turn a box cake into something special. 4/3

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 3

3. "The Best Recipe" by the Editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine (Boston Common Press, $29.95). "Ultimate" examples of favorite dishes. 2/13

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 13

4. "The Low-Carb Cookbook" by Fran McCullough (Hyperion, $23.95). Recipes for the diet that's all the rage. 3/21

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 21

5. "The New Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker (Scribner, $30). The updated edition of the American cooking bible. 5/24

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 24

6. "Essentials of Cooking" by James Peterson (Artisan, $40). A step-by-step manual in full color. 8/3

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 3

7. "Blue Ginger" by Ming Tsai (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). East-West cooking from the popular Food Network personality. 9/10.

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 10

8. "How To Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. 6/68

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 68

9. "The French Laundry Cookbook" by Thomas Keller (Artisan, $50). The restaurant showpiece cookbook of the season? 7/18

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 18

10. "Every Day's a Party" by Emeril Lagasse (William Morrow, $25). From Mardi Gras to New Year's Eve, Emeril's one partying dude. 10/24

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 24

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

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