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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

April 18, 2001

1."Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin, $25). A condemnation of the national pastime.

Last Week: 1

Weeks: 7

2."Barefoot Contessa Parties" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). The chic take-out store is back.

Last Week: 5

Weeks: 2

3."Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook" (Hungry Minds, $16.95). More than 500 recipes for the famous diet plan.

Last Week: 4

Weeks: 10

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks: 59

5."Sugar Busters!" by H. Leighton Stewart, Morrison C. Bethea, Sam S. Andrews and Luis A. Balart (Ballantine Books, $23.95). Lose weight the New Orleans way.

Last Week: 5

Weeks: 14

6."Vegetables Every Day" by Jack Bishop (HarperCollins, $30). 365 recipes, just one dish a day.

Last Week: 8

Weeks: 2

7."The Naked Chef" by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion, $34.95). Britain's boy chef has a TV show and a cookbook.

Last Week: 7

Weeks: 15

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks: 46

9."The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). The first book from the specialty food store in the Hamptons.

Last Week: --

Weeks: 63

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

Last Week: 6

Weeks: 36

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

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