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How to Cook Your Life -- Food takes on a spiritual dimension in this film from German director Doris D?rrie. HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE centers on Zen Master Edward Espe Brown and his quest to unite Buddhism and cooking.
How to Cook Your Life -- A Zen priest in San Francisco and cookbook author use Zen Buddhism and cooking to relate to everyday life.


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2007 (Austria) See more »
A Zen priest in San Francisco and cookbook author use Zen Buddhism and cooking to relate to everyday life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Edward Espe Brown ... Himself

Doris Dörrie ... Herself

Directed by
Doris Dörrie 
Writing credits
Doris Dörrie 

Produced by
Franz X. Gernstl .... producer
Fidelis Mager .... producer
Richard Sterling .... line producer
Cinematography by
Doris Dörrie 
Jörg Jeshel 
Film Editing by
Suzi Giebler 
Production Management
Annika Herr .... production manager
Sound Department
Joo Fürst .... foley artist
Magda Habernickel .... sound editor
Max Rammler-Rogall .... sound mixer
Stefan Ravasz .... sound
Marcel Spisak .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Karin Haider .... still photographer
Robert Mayer .... carving photography
Editorial Department
Tobias Bohlinger .... post-production coordinator
Boris Link .... colorist
Werner Pertl .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Solveig Langeland .... world sales
Beatrix Wesle .... world sales
Matthias Brauner .... special thanks
Michael Hackl .... special thanks
Kathie Klippe .... special thanks
Christian Littmann .... special thanks
Thomas Orthofer .... special thanks
Mary Ann Otemann .... special thanks
Monika Petrinic .... special thanks
Angela Reedwisch .... special thanks
Angie Reichenberger .... special thanks
Josef Reidinger .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
USA:94 min | Germany:100 min
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1 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Cult Film Status?, 1 July 2008
Author: danielsadicario from United States

A quirky Zen leader, a couple followers who are way to interested in what he's saying and a load of other subtly absurd details make this film hilarious if you don't want to take it serious. You can enjoy this as a primer to Buddhism but you can also laugh at it as a showcase of some nutty Americans who might be slightly mistranslating the deep history of a foreign religion. Some scenes are so out of place like all of a sudden the cameras follow people scavenging for food and talking about the connection between American wastefulness and the Iraq'll find half your brain going, "Hmmmmm, interesting" and the other half going "WTF are their talking about?"

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