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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

July 04, 2001

1. "French Lessons" by Peter Mayle (Alfred Knopf, $24). The colorful French and how they eat.

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 8

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 18

3. "Barefoot Contessa Parties" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). The chic takeout store is back!

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 10

4. "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco Press, $14). The bad boy is back--in paperback.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 53

5. "How to Grill" by Steven Raichlen (Workman, $19.95). A picture-filled textbook for the barbecue-challenged.

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 4

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

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 15

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 11

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: 74

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 67

10. "How to Read a French Fry" by Russ Parsons (Houghton Mifflin, $25). Times' Food editor makes cooking science interesting--and tasty.

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 5

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

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