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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

October 18, 2000

1. "The Cake Mix Doctor" by Anne Byrn (Workman, $14.95). How to turn a box cake into something special. 1/34

2. "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury Publishing, $24.95). Life in the culinary trenches. 2/21

3. "1,000 Jewish Recipes" by Faye Levy (IDG Books Worldwide, $35). Could this be the Jewish "Joy of Cooking"? 8/3

4. "The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook" (Clarkson Potter, $35). More than 1,000 recipes collected from the magazine. --/1

5. "How To Cook Without a Book" by Pam Anderson (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $25). Outlines for dishes every cook should know. 3/11

6. "How To Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. 6/97

7. "The Low-Carb Cookbook" by Fran McCullough (Hyperion, $23.95). Recipes for the diet that's all the rage. 9/41

8. "The French Laundry Cookbook" by Thomas Keller, Michael Ruhlman and Susie Heller (Artisan, $50). Recipes and inspiration from the famous Napa Valley restaurant. 5/44

9. "The Best Recipe" by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine (Boston Common Press, $29.95). "Ultimate" examples of favorite dishes. 4/25

10. "50 Chowders" by Jasper White (Scribner, $30). One-pot meals from one of New England's great cooks. 10/2

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

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