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Ever since her dazzling debut as Audra on The Big Valley, Linda Evans has charmed millions of television viewers around the world with her talent, her warmth, and her beauty. Through it all, Linda has remained unaffected, grounded, and deeply spiritual.

In Recipes for Life, Linda opens up her heart, her past, and her kitchen. She shares a revealing assortment of anecdotes (magical moments mised with painful ones), photographs, and recipes enjoyed by Linda and those near and ...

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Overview


Ever since her dazzling debut as Audra on The Big Valley, Linda Evans has charmed millions of television viewers around the world with her talent, her warmth, and her beauty. Through it all, Linda has remained unaffected, grounded, and deeply spiritual.

In Recipes for Life, Linda opens up her heart, her past, and her kitchen. She shares a revealing assortment of anecdotes (magical moments mised with painful ones), photographs, and recipes enjoyed by Linda and those near and dear to her. Linda touches upon growing up, family ties, her incredible life in Hollywood, the friends she has made, and provides an intimate glimpse into her high-profile romances. At the heart of this memorable, touching, and inspiring story is how all of these ingredients have come together to make Linda the woman she is today.

True to her beloved personality, Linda warmly and candidly serves up a delightful banquet that Dynasty fans will truly savor. Complete with over 40 recipes, some handed down through generations (Mom's Hot Dog Stew), some taught by famous friends (John Wayne “The Duke's” Crab Dip), some inspired by supreme dining experiences from travels around the world (Ina Garten’s Filet of Beef Bourguignon), and still others from her winning appearance on Hell's Kitchen (Hell's Salmon), Recipes for Life is at once a delightful journey and a treasure trove of recipes of a life well-lived by a woman well-loved.
 

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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.

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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

Award-winning actress LINDA EVANS has personified beauty and grace to 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, which she won in 2009 in London, England. She has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama series and has won five People’s Choice Awards for Best Female Performer. Linda was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. For her contribution to the television industry, Linda has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After Dynasty, Linda moved from Hollywood to the Pacific Northwest, where she began an extraordinary journey of self-discovery.  She has returned to performing frequently, starring in the stage play, Legends, and winning the Hell’s Kitchen competition while working under Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White.

Linda’s often lavish and luxurious life has rivaled Krystle Carrington’s. She has dined with queens and presidents, been romanced by the rich and famous, and today, what Linda treasures most is the wisdom she has gained along the way.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Chain Me to a Stove xv

Memorable Moments

Hollywood Here We Come! 1

A Heart of Gold 4

Bringing People Together 6

California Dreaming 9

Sweet Dancing Eyes 12

The Long Walk of Fame 15

Out of My League 18

Dragged into Destiny 19

My Magical MGM Days 22

From Bikinis to Boots 24

Marjoram, Missy, and Thyme 26

Like a Second Mother 31

My Dream Man 34

An Unusual Recipe for Friendship 44

My Béarnaise Fiasco or Meltdown Washout 46

European Excursions 50

Always a Great Notion 51

The Duke 53

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? 57

Far from Evil but Scary as Hell 60

The Trials of a Bunky 63

Back in the Saddle Again-Almost 67

Semi-sweet Memories 69

The Best Revenge 71

A Man of a Thousand Names 74

Breakfast with Burton 75

Raw Talent 78

Take Two 85

Fugitive Found 87

A Whirlwind Romance-and Lifestyle 93

Moon River, Wider Than a Smile 98

Enter Nena 100

Not So Tuffy 104

An Avalanche of Mixed Memories 107

Life without Marriage, but Not without Love 110

The Part That Didn't Get Away 114

Nearly Disappearing into a Black Hole 117

Friends for Life 119

Love Never Ceases 122

An Italian Love Affair 125

What Goes Up Must Come Down 128

I Was Never One of Charlie's Angels, but He Was Sure Mine 131

A Man for All Reasons 133

The Jewel in John's Life 135

Golden Opportunities 138

Nothing Like My Sweet Little Kittles; or, Circus of the Fools 140

Forty Isn't Fatal, It's Fabulous 143

Quick Draw McEvans 147

George Burns and Other Sex Symbols 151

I Love The Love Boat 153

Angel of Death 156

The Joys of Having Two Dysfunctional Families 158

The Tuna Meltdown 160

Not the Kiss of Death 162

Blondes Do Have More Fun 166

Better Than a Van Gogh 171

Coyote Ugly: In the Eye of the Beholder 173

My Heavenly Blue Angels 181

The Weight of the World 185

A Taste of a Real-Life Dynasty 189

"Ritzy" Business 192

Real Princes among Men 195

A Royal Welcome 197

Dynasty Fans Even in the Vatican? 200

The Price of Fame 202

My Spiritual Journey Leads Me Home 205

March on the Capital 210

There's a Bunky Loose in the White House 215

A Time for Change 217

Music to My Life 219

Bless You Jane 221

Living and Loving in the Moment 224

A Family Affair 226

An Angel among Us 229

Winter Wonderland 230

Sweet Surprises 233

A Symphony of Sights and Sounds 236

Yanni's Other Girl; or, My Rival in Venice 237

Finding My Voice 240

Always a Song in My Heart 242

As American as Apple Pie, Almost 243

Animal Lovers Unite 247

Leap of Faith 250

Eating My Way across the Country 253

From the Frying Pan into the Fire 256

Hell's Kitchen: Heaven on Earth for Me 258

My Just Desserts 264

List of Recipes

Mom's Hot Dog Stew 7

One of My Favorite Pastas 13

Peach Heaven 16

Mom's Baked Mac and Cheese 20

Missy's Hobo Fillet 29

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas 37

Puerco Picante 38

Rice Casserole with Sour Cream, Cheese, and Chiles 40

White Rice 41

Fish Tacos with Garlic Aïoli Sauce 42

Julia's Béarnaise 48

Duke's Crab Dip 53

Duke's Crab Dip Other 54

John Wayne's Favorite Green Chile and Cheese Casserole 55

My Famed Artichoke Dip 59

Fresh Start Blueberry Muffins 72

Luciana Paluzzi's Pasta alla Matriciana 76

Julia Child's "Perfect" Hollandaise 80

Hollandaise Sauce Made in the Electric Blender 82

Asparagaus My Way 84

Dani and David Janssen's Caesar Salad 89

Ham Dani 90

Chicken, Shrimp, and Mushrooms 96

Leslie and Tony Curtis's Lemon Soufflé with Raspberry Sauce 101

Raspberry Sauce 102

Frozen Raspberry Sauce 103

Bυche de Noël 111

Lose-Your-Figure Potatoes with Cheese and Garlic 116

Strawberries and Decadent Sauce 120

Warm Berries in Custard 121

Julie Forsythe's Sesame Chicken 136

Ina Garten's Filet of Beef Bourguignon 144

Kung-Bau Chicken with Peanuts 154

Plain Rice 155

Dynasty Corn Pudding 161

Chocolate Souffléd Pudding 167

Molten Chocolate Cakes 169

Mari-Carmen-style Paella 178

Al's Aìoli 180

Great and Simple Cheese Soufflé 187

Warm Butternut Squash Salad 198

JZ's Award-Winning Lemon Meringue Pie 208

JZ's Classic Crust 209

Crab and Lobster Cakes with Mustard Beurre Blanc 212

My Favorite Salad Dressing 222

Baby Spinach Salad with Citrus and Avocado 222

Felitsa's Appetizer Meatballs 228

Yorgo and Linda's Pesto 231

Stand-up Buttermilk Pancakes 234

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Salad with Vinaigrette 238

Best Ever Apple Pie 245

Banana, Lemongrass, and Coconut Soup 254

Hell's Salmon 262

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    A unique Hollywood memoir in recipes

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Well written, but be aware there are LOTS of recipes. They tell you that ahead of time.Love Linda! Such a lady!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2011

    highly recommend

    have enjoyed reading this. thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Worst. Book. Ever.

    A complete waste of time and money. I wish I could get my money back. Short choppy sentences and terrible writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    What a life ! Mostly fairy tale and indulgent . I will try sever

    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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