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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

March 14, 2001

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 4

*

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

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 41

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

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 10

*

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

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 54

*

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: 3

Weeks on List: 9

*

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 5

*

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 31

*

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

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 20

*

9.'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: 8

Weeks on List: 51

*

10.'Weight Watchers: Simply the Best" (Hungry Minds, $21.95). Family-style cooking for the large family.

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

*

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

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