Los Angeles Times List for Oct. 15
1 The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten (Crown, $35) Reliable recipes for entertaining, still going strong after five years.
2 Letters to a Young Chef: The Art of Mentoring by Daniel Boulud (Basic, $22.50) Quintessential chef-as-guru tome from the chef-owner of New York’s Daniel, Cafe Boulud and DB Bistro Moderne restaurants.
3 Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten (Crown, $35) Last year’s contessa cookbook, focusing on pastas, roasts and hearty platter dishes.
4 30-Minute Meals 2 by Rachael Ray (Lake Isle Press, $16.95) The Food Network show continues and so do the recipe collections.
5 30-Minute Meals by Rachael Ray (Lake Isle Press, $14.95) The original compilation of audience favorites.
6 500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender (Fair Winds Press, $19.95) More than a year’s worth for dieters.
7 How to Grill by Steve Raichlen (Workman, $19.95) Everything you ever wanted to know, with pictures.
8 Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco, $14) Swagger and soap opera in the restaurant kitchen.
9 Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting With Your Slow Cooker by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good (Good Books, $16.95) Revisit the cooking fads of yesteryear with recipes for an again-embraced kitchen appliance.
10 Seriously Simple: Easy Recipes for Creative Cooks by Diane Rossen Worthington (Chronicle, $24.95) The latest from the author of Williams-Sonoma and other cookbooks.
Rankings are based on a Times poll of national and independent booksellers.