Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Recipes for Life, by Linda Evans (former star of The Big Valley and Dynasty) offers plenty of memories as well as the actresses’ favorite recipes.

Recipes for Life includes information about Evans’ life, her career and has color photos of her time as a famous actress. The book moves through each stage of her life and the food that is associated with that particular stage. When she talks about getting married to her husband in Mexico, for example, she follows up the story with photos and then adds recipes for her favorite Mexican food. She gives similar treatment to other events in her personal life and her divorces, always including foods that gave her comfort at every stage.

I liked Evans’ stories within a story, such as when she had an eye-opening experience with a coyote, and realized that what she thought she hated she could later begin to love and express true compassion for. I had read much about Evans’ life over the years in the media, but never knew about all of her milestones and successes.

The recipes she offered were tried and true family favorites. They were fun and interesting meals to try at any time, and most people will have the needed ingredients right in their pantry. I personally tried Evans’ Stand-Up Buttermilk Pancakes recipe. The ingredients made the pancakes taste delicious and I added fruit to make them my own.

Rating: 4/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

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