Recipes for Life: My Memories

Recipes for Life: My Memories

by Linda Evans

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Overview

Linda Evans's unique memoir combines her love of cooking with tales of living and working in Hollywood. Includes an all-new chapter!

From her dazzling debut as Audra on the TV hit show The Big Valley, to her award-winning performances as Krystle in Dynasty, 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, 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 her 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618686930
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 475,932
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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. 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 Dynasty’s 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Chain Me to a Stove xvii

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 16

Out of My League 19

Dragged into Destiny 20

My Magical MGM Days 24

From Bikinis to Boots 26

Marjoram, Missy, and Thyme 28

Like a Second Mother 33

My Dream Man 35

An Unusual Recipe for Friendship 48

My Béarnaise Fiasco or Meltdown Washout 50

European Excursions 55

Always a Great Notion 56

The Duke 58

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? 63

Far from Evil but Scary as Hell 67

The Trials of a Bunky 70

Back in the Saddle Again-Almost 74

Semi-sweet Memories 76

The Best Revenge 78

A Man of a Thousand Names 82

Breakfast with Burton 83

Raw Talent 86

Take Two 94

Fugitive Found 96

A Whirlwind Romance-and Lifestyle 103

Moon River, Wider Than a Smile 109

Enter Nena 111

Not So Tuffy 116

An Avalanche of Mixed Memories 118

Life without Marriage, but Not without Love 121

The Part That Didn't Get Away 125

Nearly Disappearing into a Black Hole 129

Friends for Life 131

Love Never Ceases 137

An Italian Love Affair 140

What Goes Up Must Come Down 143

I Was Never One of Charlie's Angels, but He Was Sure Mine 146

A Man for All Reasons 148

The jewel in John's Life 150

Golden Opportunities 154

Nothing Like My Sweet Little Kitties; or, Circus of the Fools 156

Forty Isn't Fatal, It's Fabulous 159

Quick Draw McEvans 164

George Burns and Other Sex Symbols 168

I Love The Love Boat 170

Angel of Death 174

The Joys of Having Two Dysfunctional Families 176

The Tuna Meltdown 178

Not the Kiss of Death 181

Blondes Do Have More Fun 185

Better Than a Van Gogh 192

Coyote Ugly: In the Eye of the Beholder 194

My Heavenly Blue Angels 201

The Weight o f the World 205

A Taste of a Real-Life Dynasty 210

"Ritzy" Business 213

Real Princes among Men 216

A Royal Welcome 218

Dynasty Fans Even in the Vatican? 221

The Price of Fame 223

My Spiritual Journey Leads Me Home 226

March on the Capital 232

There's a Bunky Loose in the White House 238

A Time for Change 240

Music to My Life 242

Bless You Jane 244

Living and Loving in the Moment 248

A Family Affair 250

An Angel among Us 254

Winter Wonderland 255

Sweet Surprises 259

A Symphony of Sights and Sounds 263

Yanni's Other Girl; or, My Rival in Venice 264

Finding My Voice 268

Always a Song in My Heart 270

As American as Apple Pie, Almost 271

Animal Lovers Unite 276

Leap of Faith 278

Eating My Way across the Country 281

From the Frying Pan into the Fire 284

Hell's Kitchen: Heaven on Earth for Me 286

My Just Desserts 292

Reinventing Once Again Recipes for Later Life 295

List of Recipes

Mom's Hot Dog Stew 7

One of My Favorite Pastas 14

Peach Heaven 17

Mom's Baked Mac and Cheese 22

Missy's Hobo Fillet 31

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas 38

Puerco Picante 40

Rice Casserole with Sour Cream, Cheese, and Chiles 42

White Rice 44

Fish Tacos with Garlic Aïoli Sauce 45

Julia's Béarnaise 53

Duke's Crab Dip 59

Duke's Crab Dip Omelet 60

John Wayne's Favorite Green Chile and Cheese Casserole 61

My Famed Artichoke Dip 65

Fresh Start Blueberry Muffins 80

Luciana Paluzzi's Pasta Alla Matriciana 84

Julia Child's "Perfect" Hollandaise 88

Hollandaise Sauce Made in the Electric Blender 91

Asparagus My Way 93

Dani and David Janssen's Caesar Salad 99

Ham Dani 101

Chicken, Shrimp, and Mushrooms 106

Leslie and Tony Curtis's Lemon Soufflé with Raspberry Sauce 112

Raspberry Sauce 114

Frozen Raspberry Sauce 115

Büche de Noël 122

Lose-Your-Figure Potatoes with Cheese and Garlic 127

Strawberries and Decadent Sauce 133

Warm Berries in Custard 135

Julie Forsythe's Sesame Chicken 152

Ina Garten's Filet of Beef Bourguignon 161

Gracie Allen's Classic Recipe for Roast Beef 168

Kung-Bau Chicken with Peanuts 171

Plain Rice 173

Dynasty Corn Pudding 179

Chocolate Souffléd Pudding 187

Molten Chocolate Cakes' 190

Mari-Carmen-Style Paella 198

Al's Aïoli 200

Great and Simple Cheese Soufflé 208

Warm Butternut Squash Salad 219

Jz's Award-Winning Lemon Meringue Pie 229

Jz's Classic Crust 231

Crab and Lobster Cakes with Mustard Beurre Blanc 235

My Favorite Salad Dressing 245

Baby Spinach Salad with Citrus and Avocado 246

Felitsa's Appetizer Meatballs 252

Yorgo and Linda's Pesto 257

Stand-Up Buttermilk Pancakes 261

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Salad with Vinaigrette 266

Best Ever Apple Pie 273

Banana, Lemongrass, and Coconut Soup 282

Hell's Salmon 290

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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
have enjoyed reading this. thanks
bookchickdi on LibraryThing 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 anyone who loves Linda Evans, as well as anyone who enjoys cooking. Some of the recipes are definitely challenging, but there are some simpler ones in there as well. It reminds me of Paula Deen's autobiography from a few years back- a fascinating life remembered in recipes.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a memoir junkie and I love this twist that Evans gives to her latest book in this genre by including recipes that link her history with dishes she remembers. Anyone who has ever witnessed her acting ability and grace can see the direct link from her parent who were professional ballroom dancers during the 1940's and starts off with a recipe for hot dog stew that she used to eat when money was tight. She carries this thread through out the book by matching memories with the food she prepared. I did learn a lot about Evans from this book like: Barbara Stanwyck, her co star on Big Valley taught her how to be a star with dignity and grace. She became friends with her ex-husband, John Derek's wives including Ursula Andress, Bo Derek and his first wife Patti. She won the UK version of Hell's Kitchen, so you know she is a fabulous chef. She answers those questions about Rock Hudson on Dynasty. She covers a bit about Yanni, but not the details. My heart breaks for her over that one. Her best friend, Bunky, brings out the silly in Linda.I think this book is best stored with your cook books since the recipes are fabulous! I can't wait to try them all out. My favorite recipe is the Artichoke Dip which is so easy to make and is wonderful for parties. I like to hollow out a round of sour dough to place the dip mixture inside and use the remains of the bread to dip. Just Wonderful! You can find the recipe in my next post!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently picked up this book after being reintroduced to Dynasty on dvd. I was around 7 when I remember my parents watching it on television, however, obviously too young to understand any of it until I saw the whole series on dvd. I really liked Linda Evans on Dynasty, and to a degree, I believe the character mirrors her in real life after watching a few past interview clips online. I like the person she seems to be, and it's quite obvious in her book as well. I believe she has said on interviews how she loves cooking for people and that the whole acting route she took was something that 'just happened.' She has said in interviews that all she wanted was to have a husband and children, and just pretty much cook for them. I love how she is bold enough to mention this, and it sounds clearly as a regret that she didn't have an opportunity to experience this. But the book has woven her experiences in Hollywood with varies recipes she enjoyed cooking. Very simplistically explained (she states she is not a chef and that anyone could makes this meals) and a quick, fun read from an extremely likable actress and a 'lover of food.'
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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 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
A complete waste of time and money. I wish I could get my money back. Short choppy sentences and terrible writing.