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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

March 28, 2001

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

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List 5

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2.'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: 56

*

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

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 12

*

4.'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: 4

Weeks on List: 11

*

5.'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: 6

Weeks on List: 115

*

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

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 7

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

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 33

*

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

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 43

*

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

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 12

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

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 22

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

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