By EW Staff
Updated January 14, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

When it appeared on the best-seller list last spring, people thought Like Water for Chocolate-Laura Esquivel’s tale of love and cooking-was a fluke. Weeks passed, and the likes of John le Carre and Jackie Collins jumped on and slipped off the chart, but Esquivel remained. In recent months the movie version of Chocolate has boosted the book’s sales. Weeks on List Fiction 1Slow waltz in Cedar Bend Robert James Waller, Warner, $16.95 9 2The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller, Warner, $16.95 71 3Without Remorse Tom Clancy, Putnam, $24.95 19 4Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel, Doubleday, $17.50 38 5Nightmares & Dreamscapes Stephen King, Viking, $27.50 12 6The Client John Grisham, Doubleday, $23.50 41 7LashHer Anne Rice, Knopf, $25 14 8The ope Herman Wouk, Little, Brown, $24.95 5 9The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood, Doubleday, $23.50 7 10Griffin & Sabine Nick Bantock,Chronicle, $17.95 29

Nonfiction 1See, I Told You So Rush Limbaugh, Pocket Books, $24 7 2Private Parts Howard Stern, Simon & Schuster, $23 11 3Seinlanguage Jerry Seinfeld, Bantam, $19.95 17 4The Hidden Life of Dog Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95 18 5Ageless Body, Timeless Min Deepak Chopra, M.D., Harmony, $22 22 6Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now Maya Angelou, Random House, $17 13 7And If You Play Golf You’re My Friend Harvey Penick, Simon & Schuster, $20 7 8Having Our Say Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hearth, Kodansha, $20 5 9Love can Build a Bridge Naomi Judd with Bud Schaetzle, Villard, $24 2 10Embraced by the Light Betty J. Eadie, Gold Leaf Press, $14.95 32 Trade Paperbacks 1The Days are Just Packed Bill Watterson, Andrews & McMeel, $12.95 14 2Rare Air: Michael on Michael Michael Jordan, CollinsS San Francisco, $25 8 3The Far Side Gallery 4 Gary Larson, Andrews & McMeel, $12.95 7 4The Road Less Traveled M. Scott Peck, M.D., Touchstone, $12 310 5The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey, Fireside, $12 154 6The Chickens are Restless Gary Larson, Andrews & McMeel, $8.95 6 7MTV’s Beavis and Butt-head: This Book Sucks Mike Judge, Pocket Books, $10 7 8Schindler’s List Thomas Keneally, Touchstone,$12 1 9The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro, Vintage, $11 11 10The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1994 Robert Famighetti, editor,World Almanac,$8.95 5