A recipe is a best a snapshot of an established code. One version in Google Maps as to how to get here from there. The key to a good recipe is that it is tested and if followed faithfully it will create exactly what is promised. Nothing more, nothing less.
So if you are looking for a Recipe for Life, you must first decide what you want your end result to be. And then you can reverse engineer what the ingredients to that are needed and the process. A good life is what you want, not what anybody else wants, so what is it?