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Recipes for Life: My Memories Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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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

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 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; First Edition edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593156480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593156480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Diane VINE VOICE on September 28, 2011
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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.
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What I Can Tell You: I was so excited to see read this book. I was a big fan of Linda's during her Dynasty days. I loved everything about her. Her hair, her poise, your history with John Derek. Reading this book was like stepping back into my own past while reading about hers. Complete with a candid, lovely story, beautiful personal photos and recipes handed down through generations, this book is a wonderful read.

There are so many stories that I remember from my own childhood and the Star magazines my grandparents had on the dining room table that I got to read the complete back story on. Very interesting book and well done. If you like autobiographies, this is the book for you. Linda is real reality she will always be Krystal Carrington to me.
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I enjoyed both the memoir portion of this book AND the recipes! Actually there is a really nice mix of her own recipes, along with some that were shared with her over the years by stars and celebrities. Linda Evans is a warm and lovely woman who has forged her own path in life. She has a wonderful outlook and is an inspiration for all of us in or approaching 'midlife'. My interview with her for Fifty Is The New Forty was interesting. This book is definitely worth a read, and some of the recipes are really, really good! Recipes for Life: My Memories
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I saw Linda on the Today show...was that last week? What a lovely woman she is. Anyway...I ordered her book and boy, did I enjoy it. My favorite chapter was with Henry Mancini...what a magical moment that was. Her life has really been full. And what an interesting collection of friends she has been blessed with. I just loved this book. Took me 2 afternoons to read and I wish there could have been more. Wonderful recipes and pictures. And don't forget there's Yanni. Sigh!
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I have always liked Linda Evans. From a young woman watching Dynasty to watching reruns of Big Valley I've always thought she was the total picture of class, not to mention incredibly beautiful. When I was offered Recipes For Life: My Memories by Linda Evans for review I jumped at the chance to know a little more about her and see just what these recipes were that she valued so much. As I read through her book I was surprised at the tone of it as it felt so easy and comfortable; just like talking and reminiscing with a friend.

Recipes For Life is full of Linda's memories, wonderful photos, and great recipes. She is very open about her life, her past, and shares with us her great passion for cooking and eating. Her father had called her Bones when she was young because she could eat and eat and not gain an ounce and lucky for her she is still able to do that. Linda loves to cook for others and see the joy that it gives them. It's interesting to note that Linda never had intended to become an actress. Her dream was to marry, have kids, and make a home. How very different her life turned out and yet she has no regrets. Of course I don't think I would either if I had gotten to meet kings, queens, presidents, and a variety of other famous people. And along the way she has been collecting recipes...and lifelong friends.

The book is told in little stories and each is somehow related to the recipe shared. Linda tells of her life growing up, her life in Hollywood and even some intimate looks into her private life. She shares recipes from many famous people like Barbara Stanwyck who became a very important part of her life and John Wayne himself. Has her life just been all glitz and glamor?
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