L.A. Times Cookbook Hotlist

1."Comfort Me With Apples" by Ruth Reichl (Random House, $24.95). More adventures at the table, and elsewhere.

Last Week: 1; Weeks On List: 7

2."French Lessons" by Peter Mayle (Alfred Knopf, $24). The colorful French and how they eat.

Last Week: 3; Weeks On List: 4

3."Suzanne Somers' Eat, Cheat and Melt the Fat Away" (Crown, $25). A manual for how to cheat on a diet.

Last Week: 2; Weeks On List: 7

4."Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco Press, $14). The bad boy is back--in paperback.

Last Week: 6; Weeks On List: 49

5."The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). The first book from the specialty food store in the Hamptons.

Last Week: 5; Weeks On List: 70

6."Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin, $25). A condemnation of the national pastime.

Last Week: 4; Weeks On List: 14

7."Weber's Big Book of Grilling" by Jamie Purviance and Sandra McRae (Chronicle, $22.95). Who knows barbecuing better?

Last Week: 7; Weeks On List: 5

8."Iron Chef: The Official Book" by Fuji Television (Berkley Publishing Group, $21.95). You've seen the TV show, now read the book.

Last Week: 10; Weeks On List: 2

9."Barefoot Contessa Parties" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). The chic takeout store is back!

Last Week: 9; Weeks On List: 67

10."How to Read a French Fry" by Russ Parsons (Houghton Mifflin, $25). Times' Food Editor makes cooking science interesting--and tasty.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

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

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