Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List


1. “Soup: A Way of Life,” by Barbara Kafka (Artisan, $35). All soups, all the time.

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 19

2. “Kitchen Sessions With Charlie Trotter,” by Charlie Trotter (Ten Speed Press, $29.95). Companion volume to Trotter’s TV show focuses on preparing fine cuisine at home.

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 6

3. “How to Cook Everything,” by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes.


Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 25

4. “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone,” by Deborah Madison (Broadway Books, $40). Vegetarian cookbook with 1,400 recipes and sections on ingredients and cooking methods.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 58

5. “The New York Times Passover Cookbook,” edited by Linda Amster (William Morrow, $25). Collection of almost 50 years of Seder recipes.

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 2

6. “Lidia’s Italian Table,” by Lidia Bastianich (William Morrow, $26). The woman described as “Italy’s great Mom cook” shares some of her recipes.

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 6

7. “The Pie and Pastry Bible,” by Rose Levy Beranbaum (Scribner, $35). Another masterwork from America’s most obsessive cookbook writer.

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 19

8. “Sophia Loren’s Recipes and Memories,” by Sophia Loren (Good Times Publishing, $28). Favorite family recipes and anecdotes from the movie star.

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 4

9. “Jean-Georges,” by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman (Broadway Books, $35). Creative restaurant cooking adapted for the home kitchen.

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 23

10. “Emeril’s TV Dinners,” by Emeril Lagasse, Marcelle Bienvenue, Felicia Willett and Brian Smale (William Morrow, $25). The “bam” of that N’Awlins man.

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 19

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