Best known for playing the gracious and guileless Krystle Carrington in the ‘80s TV drama Dynasty, Linda Evans correlates tasty cuisine with life experiences in her memoirs Recipes for Life released by Vanguard Press. Evans’s autobiography isn’t written in the usual run-of-the-mill style with details fed to readers in chronological order. Rather, the author divides her book into three sections going from childhood to adulthood and finishing with her twilight years, moving through each stage while sharing the dishes she discovered along the way from family and friends.
She selects which memories and adventures to share with audiences and relates her travels and turning points in life to fine cuisine. Her comfort food as a child had been her mother’s macaroni and cheese dish and for Christmas, she whips up a coffee-infused dessert Bûche de Noёl. She also includes dishes which had been given to her by some of her favorite co-stars such as Leslie and Tony Curtis’s lemon soufflé and raspberry sauce, Julie and John Forsythe’s sesame chicken, and Pilar and John Wayne’s green chile and cheese casserole. The insertion of such recipes disrupts the flow of the read; however, the breaks provide informative material and broaden the reader’s mind about ideas for palatable meals.
Evans walks the reader through the pivotal moments of her life such as making her debut as a major character in the TV western The Big Valley, her marriage to and divorce from film star/photographer/director John Derek, and being an advocate for President Ronald Reagan’s environmental outreach program Take Pride in America while she played Krystle Carrington in Dynasty.
Her stories aren’t all about being an actress and attending Hollywood soirees. Her reflections have a human-slant, personalizing her feelings and discussing her experiences in a way that people can relate to them. When she admits that she unconsciously linked love with betrayal, it was an epiphany that likely triggers a similar experience in readers.
It’s obvious that Linda Evans is a public figure who keeps her private life private, although she becomes a friend to the reader when she expresses that she couldn’t change what was happening around her, but she could control how she reacted to hardship and struggles. Her advice has a universal impact touching each individual personally. It’s her reflections that touch the reader and her recipes that promise to give comfort.