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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

March 29, 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.

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 26

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 List: 6

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 24

4. "Crazy Plates" by Janet and Greta Podleski (Perigee $19.95). More diet fun from the "Looneyspoons Sisters."

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 3

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.

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 27

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 16

7. "The Cafe Cook Book" by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray (Broadway Books $35). More great recipes from London's queens of rustic Italian cooking.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

8. '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: --

Weeks on List: 42

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 27

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 6

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

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