Recipes for Life: My Memories

Recipes for Life: My Memories

by Linda Evans


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618686930
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Pages: 320
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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