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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

January 09, 2002

1. "How to be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking" by Nigella Lawson (Hyperion, $35). Cookies, cupcakes and pies to make you feel like one too.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 5

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2. "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco Press, $14 ). Confessions of cooking's bad boy.

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 77

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3. "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (Hungry Minds, $29.95). A straightforward approach to the cooking encyclopedia.

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 133

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

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 82

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5. "Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen" by Lidia Bastianich (Knopf, $35). Recipes from merged cultures, based on the companion TV show.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 8

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6. "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: --

Weeks on List: 32

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7. "The Professional Chef, 7th Edition" by the Culinary Institute of America (John Wiley & Sons, $65). A technical manual for cooking students and wannabe chefs with recipes.

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

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8. "A Cook's Tour" by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury Publishing, $25.95). Gonzo adventures in search of the perfect meal.

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 5

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9. "The Naked Chef Takes Off" by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion, $34.95). Favorite recipes from the British kitchen hunk.

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 10

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10. "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: 2

Weeks on List: 58

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

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