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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

April 25, 2001

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 8

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 3

*

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 60

*

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 11

*

5.'Comfort Me With Apples" by Ruth Reichl (Random House, $24.95). More adventures at the table, and elsewhere.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

*

6.'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 on List: 15

*

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

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 47

*

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 64

*

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

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 3

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10.'Suzanne Somers' Eat, Cheat and Melt the Fat Away" (Crown, $25). A manual for how to cheat on a diet.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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

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