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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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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Recipes for Life 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Hollywood memoirs are a dime a dozen, some salacious, some introspective. Linda Evans, who has been on the radar since her days as ingenue Audra Barkley on TV's The Big Valley in the 1960's, has written a unique memoir titled Recipes for Life: My Memories, that incorporates her love of cooking with her tales of living and working in Hollywood. I was a big fan of The Big Valley and later Dynasty, which was a monster hit in the 1980s, and always thought that Evans was not only beautiful but also talented. This delightful book has fifty recipes interspersed throughout the book, along with many photos and memories. She begins the book with her childhood, and includes a fantastic photo of her parents who were professional ballroom dancers in the early 1940s. When times were tough, her mother made Hot Dog Stew, the first recipe in the book. (It's actually two recipes, as she shares her version and her sister's version.) Evans' memories of her co-star Barbara Stanwyck enthralled me, as I am a fan. Stanwyck was a big star, and she gave much advice to the young Evans during their Big Valley days, in her inimitable way, as only she could do. Evans shares a recipe she created called Missy's Hobo Fillet, based on Chasen's Hobo Steak, a Stanwyck favorite. I'm definitely going to try this one. John Derek was Evans' first big love, and she was devastated when he left her for 15 year-old Mary Cathleen Collins, soon to be known to the world as Bo Derek. Evans had many romances after that, and they are recounted here with stories and photos, along with recipes from parties she hosted and attended. There are many recipes from friends; whenever she ate something she liked, Evans always asked for the recipes, including three from John Wayne himself. She shares memories of famous friends and colleagues, like Steve McQueen, Richard Burton, and a long time friendship with David Janssen of TV's The Fugitive, along with wonderful spontaneous photos of them at parties. Evans' made a lifelong friend, Bunky, who eventually became her assistant and traveled with her on jobs around the world. Bunky is quite a character, and brought out the silly side in the usually reticent Evans. One of the unique things that I remember about Evans is her friendship with John Derek's ex-wives. Ursula Andress, Bo Derek, first wife Pati and her daughter Sean, and Evans all became good friends, and spent a lot of time together, even celebrating his birthday all together. The Dynasty days are covered, and Evans and screen hubby John Forsythe became good friends. Evans spent a lot of time with John and his wife, dining and vacationing together. She does address the Rock Hudson issue. He was guesting on Dynasty as a love interest for Evans, and was reticent to kiss her in a big scene. Soon she found out it was because he had AIDS. Reading her recollection of the story illuminates the feelings of that not-so-long-ago era. This is a terrific way to write a memoir; Evans loves to cook (she even finished first on Hell's Kitchen, a London TV cooking competition show) and so wrapping her memories around recipes and fabulous photos is a natural. She shares her own recipes, and recipes of famous chefs like Julia Child and Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten, and many of them sound mouthwateringly delicious. The book is so beautiful, I will have to take care when using it in the kitchen; I don't want to get anything on the pages! Recipes for Life is a great gift for anyon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this boot, alot, but there a a bundle of recipes. Guess I thought there were going to be a few interspersed with copy. There are some I would like to try, she seems like a great cook, among other things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
have enjoyed reading this. thanks
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a life ! Mostly fairy tale and indulgent . I will try several recipes. Good book to read a few pages during morning coffee !
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A complete waste of time and money. I wish I could get my money back. Short choppy sentences and terrible writing.