3 Book Giveaway: Recipes for Life by Linda Evans

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Linda Evans’ new book Recipes for Life has just been published and 3 of my lucky readers can win a copy!



About the Book

Ever since her dazzling breakout performance in television’s “Big Valley,” gorgeous and gracious Golden Globe award-winner Linda Evans has been collecting recipes from world-renowned chefs, celebrities, and friends, including Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Tony Curtis, and others to share with those she loves. After entering the movie world and starring with leading men such as Richard Burton, Steve McQueen, George Peppard, and of course John Forsythe, in the TV megahit “Dynasty,” Linda continued her love affair with cooking.

Now, in RECIPES FOR LIFE: My Memories (Vanguard Press; October 2011; $25.99), written with her stepdaughter Sean Catherine Derek, Linda Evans candidly dishes stories of growing up to live and play among Hollywood’s royalty, showcasing more than 75 photos of her life and career, many from her private collection, and interspersing her insights from her journey toward empowerment and spiritual peace with more than 40 favorite recipes — all linked to a memorable experience from her life. Both her reminiscences and her recipes include tangy, tart and sweet. Magical memories mix with painful ones, and her sugar-topped dessert Peach Heaven is included with dinners like the flavorful, spicy Puerco Picante.  Publishers Weekly calls it “entertaining … a madcap fairy tale filled with magical moments, romantic adventures, friendships with the rich and famous, and personal challenges … with applications far beyond Hollywood and the kitchen.”

Linda Evans has dined with kings, queens, and presidents, been invited to the White House, and met Pope Paul, but as a teenager she witnessed her parents turn to alcohol, and mourned her father’s death when she was 15. She enjoyed great loves but there was heartbreak behind her high-profile romances. She recounts meaningful moments of her inner life, too — how she learned to take the pressure of performance and turn it into excitement, reached for and claimed independence, and found a deeply enriching lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest.

In RECIPES FOR LIFE, Linda includes Mom’s Hot Dog Stew, a staple her mom could serve on their limited budget to young Korean War servicemen her cousin would invite over. She also relates:

  • The reluctant non-audition that landed her first acting job, a national commercial, and how the “worst reading” that a director ever heard led to her debut appearance on “The Big Valley” as Audra, the daughter of Victoria Barkley, played by Barbara “Missy” Stanwyck, who became a nurturing figure in her life and acting career and inspired the recipe for Missy’s Hobo Fillet;
  • Her marriage to actor/filmmaker John Derek, and their evenings with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and John Wayne (she adds Duke’s Crab Dip), plus her long friendships with the three other ex-wives of John Derek — including Cathy Collins, aka Bo Derek, who was 15 when John fell for her and left Linda, and Ursula Andress, who joined Linda at a Playboy mansion costume party, both women dressed as boxers;
  • How she ended up behind the camera, shooting dramatic footage of Evel Kneivel’s famous daredevil jump at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas;
  • Breakfast with Richard Burton, who offered his guests tumblers of vodka;
  • Her friendship with Nobu Matsuhisa, and why the celebrated chef credits Linda with inspiring his recipe for Hollandaise-like “egg sauce,” plus special dinners with Roger and Luisa Moore, David and Dani Janssen, Leslie and Tony Curtis (with their recipe for Lemon Soufflé with Raspberry Sauce), and others;
  • A guest spot on “Circus of the Stars” that ended with the teeth of the 200-pound leopard Sheba in her chest, her somewhat less dangerous winning appearance on the British TV reality show, “Hell’s Kitchen,” working under Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White, and flying with the Blue Angels;
  • How Rock Hudson protected her by refusing to kiss her deeply on “Dynasty” when he alone on the set knew he had the AIDS virus;
  • The drive with her lively friend Bunky that landed her in jail, sharing her home with Bunky and Ursula Andress, whose regular visitor poolside was Sean Connery, and what happened at the White House when wild Bunky met Dom DeLuise, who was dressed like Count Dracula;
  • Loving and living in the moment with musician and composer Yanni, and much more.


RECIPES FOR LIFE is a delicious and delightful look into the world of beloved actress and gourmet-caliber cook Linda Evans, memorably serving up the stories behind the so-called scandals, scintillating soirees, scrumptious steaks, salads, soups, and more.

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About the Author

Linda Evans is a Golden Globe award-winning actress who has personified beauty and grace on screen and stage, from her role as Audra Barkley on “The Big Valley,” to the glamorous Krystle Carrington on “Dynasty,” winning the “Hell’s Kitchen” competition working under Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White, and starring on Broadway in “Legends.” She has won five People’s Choice Awards for Best Female Performer, was nominated for an Emmy, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recipes for Life is her second book.

Do any of you remember when Linda Evans played Audra Barkley in The Big Valley?  I use to watch all the reruns after school when I was young.  Check out this clip!


Do you remember Linda Evans in Dynasty?  Here’s a clip of the infamous cat fight between Krystle (her character) and Alexis (played by Joan Collins).


I picked a super easy recipe to try from Linda’s book called Lose Your Figure Potatoes with Cheese and Garlic.  It was rich and creamy and would go with anything!



Like all of her recipes, this recipe has a cute story behind it, involving the late actor Steve McQueen.


If you enjoy reading “behind-the-scene” Hollywood stories like I do, you will love this easy read! There are almost 50 recipes included in Linda’s book!

Learn more about Recipes For Life!




Buy the book!




Would you like to win a copy of Recipes for Life?

I will pick 3 winners!


Here’s what you need to do!


Mandatory Entry:  Tell me why you’d like to win this book.  Be sure to comment below.  Don’t forget to include your email address in the designated email box in your comment.

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This giveaway will end on Monday, October 17th at 5 pm EST.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER! It is open to the U.S. only.  The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, the comments not meeting the requirements will be deleted. Good luck!

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    mary coleman says

    Would love to win this fantastic cookbook. Love Linda Evans in everything she has ever been in. Would enjoy reading about her behind the so-called scandals, etc. and her recipes.

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      Elle says

      Linda Evans is has been an inspiration for women because of the way she has set an example for how to love and be a friend for life. Whether she remained in a relationship or a marriage, she maintained her love and friendship for the men in her life, and even for their new loves. I love to cook and look forward to reading how she has incorporated her yummy recipes into her life story. I would love to win a copy of the book. Thank you.

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    I grew up watching the Big Valley…I would love to win this book because I love recipes…I’m addicted to finding something new…and as anyone I would love to learn all the things Linda has to share from her life that’s written in the pages of this fabulous giveaway!!!

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    Ohh – what a great giveaway! I’d LOVE to win as I am trying to cook more at home to save money. No raises or bonuses for hubby for over 3 years, with increasing utility bills… we don’t want to blow all our money on eating out (we USED to). SO, in order to save money and eat healthier, I now cook from home, but hubby had the nerve to tell me I’m stuck in a rut with my menu. LOL I’d love a new cookbook/memoir to steal shamelessly from. :) Plus, Linda Evans is a wonderful woman, so I’ll bet her memoir is great.

    :) Wendi

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    I would love to win this book because my mom and I loved Linda Evans on Dynasty. We watched her together all the time…with popcorn. What a great combination of inside hollywood and recipes…those potatoes look great.

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    Cassie McBride says

    I would love to win this book because I am a huge fan of older recipes. I love recipe books that have recipes from like the Pioneer days and such. I hope I win.

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    I’m watching Linda Evans on the Today Show. She’s as beautiful as ever, and I love that she says she would not trade her youth then for the wisdom she has now. I agree! I love cookbooks, and I like how she intersperses stores of her life with recipes. Great review you posted. It makes me want to read this book more than ever. Thanks.

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    Laurie Ramirez says

    I would love to win Linda Evans book.I always check out your site to get ideas and see what is new.I am such a foodie !

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    I would love to win a copy of this cookbook because I am an avid collector and reader of good cookbooks, and this one looks like one I would be interested in having.

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    I am always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes. With a family of 6 I love easy to make, and yummy to eat foods to feed 5 different people’s likes/dislikes.
    I’d love to win a copy of this cookbook!

    thanks for a great giveaway
    new GFC follower (found you through linkedIn)

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    I would love to win this cookbook because I need a change to my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly meals. I seem to make the same things all the time and I’m tired of them. I’d also like to read about Linda Evans. I have enjoyed watching her these many years. I would also like to red about her life and those that have been in it. I’m not a reader of many books, but I do like the ones that tell about peoples lives. I am currently reading Carol Burnett’s Book.

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    I would love to win this cookbook. I love Linda Evans and always watched her on Dynasty. She is so beautiful. Her cookbook with recipes and life stories would be so interesting to read from a graceful celebrity that she is.

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    Danielle says

    I am a 37 year old mother and i have found cookings a great source to relieve my anxiety. I have struggled with health issues for 13 years and have often turned to exploring recipes and cooking to relax me and take away from daily pain. I love to try new recipes & bring the family together to enjoy them. I was inspired this morning by Lyndas interview and think her love of cooking must make for great recipes. I think putting accomplishments, trials, tribulations & recipes makes for the ultimate recipe book and would love to add this to my recipes. It would be greatly used and passed down for future inspiration. Good luck to Linda and I will add link to my facebook.

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    Terri S. says

    I’d love to win this cookbook primarily to read Linda Evans’ Hollywood stories and getting new recipes from her is an added bonus! :-)

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    Kathie Wright says

    I would LOVE these books! I NEED these books!! I always told everyone I hated to cook when in actuality I love the act of cooking but I hate trying to come up with new and different dishes to make! I LOVE it when someone appreciates the choices I make in recipes. And I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE it when someone LOVES my cooking and also appreciates the work I have put into something! I want to enjoy cooking by surprising everyone with delish and healthy meals!

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    Sandra says

    I would love to win this book because Linda Evans was my favorite on Dynasty, lol, and I would love to see and make all of those recipes!! Also, learning more about her life would be very interesting!

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    I would love to win this book to hear about Linda’s life. An inspiration to all women that you can get through anything and even have some comfort through cooking!

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    Laura Scott says

    I would like to add this cookbook to my collection. Having been around since she started her career, learning the back story would be a good read and I am certain the recipes would be good, as well. Good cookbooks can provide memories and inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity!


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