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L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

January 23, 2002

1. 'Fast Food Nation' by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin, $25). A condemnation of the national pastime, now in paperback. Last Week: 5 Weeks on List: 40

2. 'Low-Carb Meals in Minutes' by Linda Gassenheimer (Bay Books, $18.95). Fast ways to do the low-carb thing. Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1

3. '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 a goddess too. Last week: 1 Weeks on List: 7

4. 'Kitchen Confidential' by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco Press, $14 ). Confessions of cooking's bad boy. Last Week: 2 Weeks on List: 79

5. 'Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook' (Hungry Minds, $16.95). More than 500 recipes for the famous diet plan. Last Week: - Weeks on List: 22

6. 'Weight Watchers Simply the Best: 250 Prizewinning Family Recipes' (Hungry Minds, $17.95). Favorites to make for your family. Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1

7. '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: 8 Weeks on List: 2

8. '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: 6 Weeks on List: 2

9. 'How to Cook Everything' by Mark Bittman (Hungry Minds, $29.95). A straightforward approach to the cooking encyclopedia. Last Week: 4 Weeks on List: 135

10. 'The Cake Mix Doctor' by Anne Byrn (Workman, $14.95). How to turn a box cake into something special. Last Week: 3 Weeks on List: 84

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

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