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Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List

January 24, 2001

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 47

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 34

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 8

4. "Eat More, Weigh Less" by Dean Ornish (Harper Paperback, $6.99). Low-fat cooking advice from the well-known author.

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 2

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: 10

Weeks on List: 2

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 14

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

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 110

8. "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: 6

Weeks on List: 45

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 6

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 13

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

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