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January 24, 2007

LOS ANGELES TIMES LIST FOR JAN. 24, 2007

1 Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition, 2006 by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker (Scribner, $30) Controversial, coveted, weighing in at 1,152 pages.

2 Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (Little, Brown, $24) Back on the radar more than a year after publication, this is the tale of a blogger who cooked her way through "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."

3 Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes From Market to Table by Suzanne Goin (Knopf, $35) A steady favorite since the fall of 2005, this book collects chef Goin's market-menu recipes.

4 The Improvisational Cook by Sally Schneider (Morrow Cookbooks, $35) From the author of "A New Way to Cook," this book has a novel organization, with discussions of key ingredients and techniques followed by base recipes and ideas for variations.

5 What to Drink With What You Eat by Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page and Michael Sofronski (Bulfinch, $35) Subtitled "The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food With Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea -- Even Water -- Based on Expert Advice From America's Best Sommeliers."

6 Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $35) The formula is similar to the Food Network star's four previous cookbooks: lavish photos and easy, accessible recipes.

7 Classic 30-Minute Meals: The All-Occasion Cookbook by Rachael Ray (Lake Isle Press, $20) More than 150 greatest hits from previous cookbooks, more extensively illustrated.

8 150 Best American Recipes: Indispensable Dishes from Legendary Chefs and Undiscovered Cooks Edited by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens (Houghton Mifflin, $30) A best-of-the-decade compendium of recipes from many sources.

9 Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon by Claudia Roden (Knopf, $35) The award-winning authority on Middle Eastern and North African food looks at three distinctive cuisines.

10 Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook by Rachael Ray (Lake Isle Press, $18) An update of one of the popular TV personality's earliest cookbooks.

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

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