Cookbook hot list
Here are the nation's top-selling cookbooks according to a Los Angeles Times poll of national cookbook and independent booksellers.
1. "Kitchen Confidential," by Anthony Bourdain
2. "The Cake Mix Doctor," by Anne Byrn
3. "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home," by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin
4. "The Carbohydrate Addict's Cookbook," by Richard F. Heller
5. "The French Laundry Cookbook," by Thomas Keller, Michael Ruhlman and Susie Heller
6. "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook," by Ina Garten
7. "This Can't Be Tofu!" by Deborah Madison
8. "How To Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman
9. "Weber's Art of the Grill," by Jamie Purviance
10. "Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes," by Barry Sears
Cake, and eating it, too
Slicing the wedding cake may become a quaint custom if this trend catches on. Many brides and grooms are serving their guests individual cakes instead of the traditional multi-tiered cake, says David Ricci, baking and pastry chef at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.
Icy treats for summer
The freezer case is loaded with icy desserts to ease the summer heat. But these sweet treats often are high in fat and sugar, says Terry Moore, a nutrition professor at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health. She suggests opting for sorbet or fruit ice if you're on a diet.
Sites for sore eyes
Now, do you really have time to surf through some 2.8 million Web pages for recipes? That's the number a search engine gave us when we punched in "recipes."
So it's nice that some sites actually do a little hunting for you. The Kitchen Link, www.kitchenlink.com, bills itself as "your guide to what's cooking on the 'Net" and claims to link you to 10,000 sites. Its main page is a bit of a jumble, with categories from hot topics and news columns to recipes of the day. But by using the site map, you can get anywhere from barbecue sites to hunger relief agencies fairly easily.
A few times we were unwittingly thrust onto the Amazon.com Web site, or we couldn't click back to Kitchen Link. Still, it's nice to have someone out there forging through the jungle, although sometimes, maybe opening a cookbook really is easier.