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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

September 06, 2000

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

Last WeeK: 1

Weeks on List: 15

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: 28

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

Last WeeK: 3

Weeks on List: 18

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

Last WeeK: 7

Weeks on List: 4

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

Last WeeK: 8

Weeks on List: 35

6. "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 List: 91

7. "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 List: 34

8. "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: 6

Weeks on List: 7

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

Last WeeK: 5

Weeks on List: 6

10. "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: 52

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

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