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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

January 03, 2001

1. "Julia's Kitchen Wisdom" by Julia Child (Knopf, $19.95). Distilling 50 years of great cookbooks. 1/6

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 6

2. "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury Publishing, $24.95). Life in the culinary trenches. 4/31

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 31

3. "Mexico One Plate at a Time" by Rick Bayless (Scribner, $35). The companion piece to the master instructor's PBS series. 5/10

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 10

4. "The Naked Chef" by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion, $34.95). Britain's boy chef has a TV show and a cookbook. 6/3

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 3

5. "The Cake Mix Doctor" by Anne Byrn (Workman, $14.95). How to turn a box cake into something special. 2/44

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 44

6. "The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook" (Clarkson Potter, $35). More than 1,000 recipes collected from the magazine. 3/11

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 11

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. 8/42

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 42

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. 7/61

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 61

9. "How To Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (Hungry Minds, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. 9/107

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 10

10. "Simple to Spectacular" by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman (Broadway Books, $40). Taking the same ingredients in different directions. --/1

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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