Rankings are based on a Times poll of national and independent booksellers.
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*--* 1 Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes by Giada De Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter, $30) A strong seller for several months from the Food Network star.
2 Fresh Every Day: More Great Recipes from Foster’s Market by Sara Foster with Carolynn Carreno (Clarkson Potter, $35) The second cookbook by a North Carolina caterer.
3 How to Grill: the Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques by Steven Raichlen (Workman Publishing, $20) The seasonal classic.
4 Paula Deen and Friends: Living it Up, Southern Style by Paula Deen (Simon and Schuster, $25) Party menus and recipes from the TV chef and Savannah restaurant owner.
5 Molto Italiano: 327 Recipes to Cook at Home by Mario Batali (Ecco, $35) Drawn from 10 years of “Molto Mario” TV shows.
6 Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl (Broadway, $16) Memories from the prominent culinary journalist.
7 Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Get Real Meals: Eat Healthy Without Going to Extremes by Rachael Ray (Clarkson Potter, $19) Not-quite low-carb cooking from the Food Network star.
8 Casa Moro: the Second Cookbook by Samuel Clark and Samantha Clark (Ebury Press, $35) Spanish recipes from a British husband-wife team of restaurateurs.
9 Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans (Chronicle, $17) Fifty recipes, with adult-pleasing versions such as sticky fig cupcakes as well as kid-party favorites.
10 30-Minute Meals by Rachael Ray (Lake Island Press, $14.95) The original in the series.