Linda Ronstadt on the Arizona stories that shaped Feels Like Home | Start Classified

Linda Ronstadt’s second memoir, Feels Like Home: A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands, might as well have been a cookbook.

Her friend CC Goldwater, whose grandfather was Arizona politician Barry Goldwater, suggested that a cookbook by the superstar musician could raise funds for research into Parkinson’s disease, which Ronstadt was diagnosed with in 2012.

“I said, ‘I don’t cook,'” Ronstadt said, laughing. “She said, ‘Oh, it’s fine.'”

A plan was hatched to collect recipes from the Goldwaters, the Ronstadts and family friend Bill Steen, who provides the photos in Feels Like Home.

There are some family recipes in “Feels Like Home,” but over time it morphed into a broader celebration of the Arizona legend’s roots.

It’s a departure from her first memoir, Simple Dreams, which was more focused on Ronstadt’s musical career.

The Ronstadt family, with Linda at right riding a hobby horse.

The Arizona Republic spoke to Ronstadt, who lives in San Francisco, about writing the book with Lawrence Downes, how growing up in Tucson shaped her, and the importance of family.

From Tucson to the Rock Hall:Linda Ronstadt’s lifelong love affair with music

The idea behind “A Song for the Sonoran Borderlands”

How did the concept for this book come about?

Lawrence wanted me to do an article on My Arizona. I said, “Let’s do My Sonora Desert,” because it’s a real region on both sides of the border and we can go to Mexico. We did and we had a really good time.

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