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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

January 16, 2002

1.'How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking" by Nigella Lawson (Hyperion, $35). Cookies, cupcakes and pies that will make you feel like a goddess too. Last Week: 1 Weeks on List: 6

2.'Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco Press, $14). Confessions of cooking's bad boy, in paperback. Last Week: 27 Weeks on List: 8

3.'The Cake Mix Doctor" by Anne Byrn (Workman, $14.95). How to turn a box cake into something special. Last Week: 4 Weeks on List: 83

4.'How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (Hungry Minds, $29.95). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia. Last Week: 31 Weeks on List: 34

5.'Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin, $25). A condemnation of the national pastime is now in paperback. Last Week: -- Weeks on List: 39

6.'Make It in Minutes: Easy Recipes in 15, 20 and 30 Minutes" by Weight Watchers (Hungry Minds, $17.95). Quick meals from the famous diet plan. Last Week: -- Weeks on List: 1

7.'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: 6 Weeks on List: 33

8.'How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food" by Nigella Lawson (John Wiley and Sons, $35). An understanding of food is required, says Britain's TV foodie. Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1

9.'The Best Recipe" by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine (Boston Common Press, $29.95). Ultimate examples of favorite dishes. Last Week: - Weeks on List: 31

10.'The World Atlas of Wine" by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson (Mitchell Beazley, $50). The classic wine text, updated. Last Week: - Weeks on List: 3

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

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