Recipes for Life: My Memories

Recipes for Life: My Memories

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by Linda Evans
     
 

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Since her dazzling debut as Audra on The Big Valley, Linda Evans has charmed millions of television watchers with her talent, her warmth, and her beauty. Through it all, she has remained unaffected, grounded, and deeply spiritual. Now Linda opens up for fans, sharing her secrets for living, along with a delightful assortment of anecdotes, photographs, and

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Since her dazzling debut as Audra on The Big Valley, Linda Evans has charmed millions of television watchers with her talent, her warmth, and her beauty. Through it all, she has remained unaffected, grounded, and deeply spiritual. Now Linda opens up for fans, sharing her secrets for living, along with a delightful assortment of anecdotes, photographs, and recipes she’s enjoyed and collected over the years—from growing up the daughter of two dancers, to her family’s struggles and the deep family ties she maintains to this day; from amazing stories about her nearly fifty years in Hollywood and the experiences she’s had, to the incredible friends she’s made, including her dear mentor Barbara “Missy” Stanwyck, fashion designer Nolan Miller, and on-screen husband John Forsythe. Linda also offers an intimate glimpse of her high-profile romances with legendary director and cinematographer John Derek, international music star Yanni, and others.

Complete with over 60 photographs (many never-before-published) and more than 50 recipes, some handed down through the generations (Mom’s Hot Dog Stew), some taught by famous friends (The Duke’s Crab Dip), some inspired by supreme dining experiences from travels around the world (Paella “Mari-Carmen” Style) and others from her winning appearance on Hell’s Kitchen (Hell’s Tuna), Recipes for Life: My Memories is a delightful journey of a life well lived that fans will truly savor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In brief, entertaining chapters—many capped with a favorite recipe taken from celebrity chefs, restaurants, friends, and cooking classes—68-year-old Evans (The Linda Evans Beauty & Exercise Book) and stepdaughter Derek give readers an off-camera view of the high and low points of Evans's acting career, love life, and spiritual quest. They relate incidents of serendipity that led to her roles as Audra Barkley in The Big Valley and Krystle Carrington in Dynasty, crediting them to providence and reflecting on the gifts Evans has found in setbacks, disappointments, and divorce. Evans presents much of her life as a madcap fairy tale filled with magical moments, romantic adventures, friendships with the rich and famous, and personal challenges (wrangling with a leopard for Circus of the Stars, flying with a member of the aerobatic Blue Angels), but in later chapters, she discusses confronting aging and depression, enjoying later-life romance with New Age musician Yanni and setting new career goals (acting on the stage and participating in the cooking show Hell's Kitchen). While some of Evans's offered wisdom might seem superficial—she illustrates her belief in holding on to a dream with a story of obtaining a long-coveted classic Mercedes—much of it is deceptively simple and has applications far beyond Hollywood and the kitchen. (Oct.)
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“Attention-grabbing anecdotes, glossy photos and delectable recipes. With a warm, friendly tone, Evans gently guides readers through the seminal moments of her life and career. A mouthwatering blend of memoir and cookbook.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Entertaining…filled with magical moments, romantic adventures, friendships with the rich and famous, and personal challenges, with applications far beyond Hollywood and the kitchen.”
—Publishers Weekly

 “Linda has joyously combined her two passions in life—people and food—into a mouthwatering memoir. And just like the lady, herself, it’s Delicious!”
—Kathie Lee Gifford, TV personality and New York Times bestselling author

“A fun read from an iconic beauty and TV star.”
—Susan Lucci, TV legend and New York Times bestselling author

Kirkus Reviews

Hollywood Walk of Fame actress Evans (Linda Evans Beauty and Exercise Book, 1983) tells her story through food.

She can eat like a horse and never get fat, but theDynastystar's amazing metabolism isn't the only thing on display in this memoir punctuated with attention-grabbing anecdotes, glossy photos and delectable recipes. With a warm, friendly tone, Evans gently guides readers through the seminal moments of her life and career, spanning from the 1940s to her recent work on the British showHell's Kitchen. Each story is followed by one or more recipes that complement its theme. In recounting her mother's battle with polio in a particularly poignant passage, Evans offers up recipes for family favorites like Mom's Hot Dog Stew. Those looking for juicy behind-the-scenes Hollywood gossip will not be disappointed. The author doesn't hold back when writing about how she made the difficulttransition from lover to friend with her first husband, famed actor and director John Derek, after he left her for the then-15-year-old (and perfect "10")Bo Derek. Evans also details her relationship with Yanni and friendship with mystic channel JZ Knight, which that led to her spiritual awakening. While spare as a cookbook, among the nearly 50 recipes included are John Wayne's Crab Dip Omelet, Tony Curtis' Lemon Souffle with Raspberry Sauce and Julie Forsythe's Sesame Chicken.

A mouthwatering blend of memoir and cookbook.

Kathie Lee Gifford
“Linda has joyously combined her two passions in life—people and food—into a mouthwatering memoir. And just like the lady, herself, it’s Delicious!”
Susan Lucci
“A fun read from an iconic beauty and TV star.”
TV personality and New York Times bestselling author - Kathie Lee Gifford
"Linda has joyously combined her two passions in life--people and food--into a mouthwatering memoir. And just like the lady, herself, it's Delicious!"
TV legend and New York Times bestselling author - Susan Lucci
"A fun read from an iconic beauty and TV star."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593156480
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Evans has been beloved by American television viewers for over five decades, from her role as Audra Barkley on The Big Valley to the glamorous Krystle Carrington on Dynasty to Hell’s Kitchen, the British competitive cooking reality show she won in 2009. The Golden Globe-winning, Emmy-nominated actress also guest starred on shows ranging from McCloud to The Rockford Files, from the miniseries North and South to the prime-time drama Hunter, and starred in many films, playing opposite actors like Steve McQueen and Kenny Rogers. Retiring from Dynasty in 1989, Linda left Hollywood for the Pacific Northwest, where she began an extraordinary journey of self-discovery with a teacher named Ramtha. In recent years, she toured in a revival of Legends, and will be featured in a PBS documentary about TV legends in 2011. She lives in Washington State.

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