Los Angeles Times Cookbook Hot List


1. “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: 27

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

Last week: 2

Weeks on list: 4

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


Last week: 1

Weeks on list: 21

4. “Tender at the Bone” by Ruth Reichl (Broadway Books, paperback, $13). A culinary memoir from the New York Times restaurant critic who is about to become editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.

Last week: 6

Weeks on list: 10

5. “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: 60

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: 5

Weeks on list: 8

7. “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: 7

Weeks on list: 8

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

Last week: 10

Weeks on list: 25

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

Last week: 9

Weeks on list: 6

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

Last week: 8

Weeks on list: 21


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