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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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  (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
Ryon Lane .... business affairs: lionsgate (uncredited)
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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A little less gab and a little more grub, 28 August 2010
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Famed cookbook author Edward Espe Brown takes the old adage "You are what you eat" to a whole new level. For this master chef/Zen priest believes you must actually become "one" with your food (and, as it turns out, with your utensils as well) if you are to ever attain true wholeness of body and spirit in this life. Brown has been conducting courses on how to combine the art of meditation with the art of cooking for decades now, and the documentary "How to Cook Your Life" by German filmmaker Doris Dorrie (who went on to make the superb Zen-flavored drama "Cherry Blossoms" a year later) enrolls us in one of those courses - though we don't get any actual credit for the class and, what's worse, we don't get to sample any of the food.

Food for Brown has become a way of life - a spiritual and religious experience, as it were, a means of nurturing the soul as well as the body, of becoming one with nature. And the more organic and less processed that food is the better.

Brown spends much of the time in the course dispensing words of wisdom on how to live life in greater harmony with the world around us, with food and cooking as the primary means of achieving that goal (let it be noted that the seminar takes place in a beautiful bucolic center in rural California). And if the philosophizing gets to be a bit too much for you after awhile - as it did for me - and Brown seems more like a self-aggrandizing drama queen than an enlightened master at times (the crying over a teapot - and not even a broken one at that - is a bit much), you can at least savor all the tasty morsels that have been lovingly arrayed for our delectation.

Though, come to think of it, with his endless chatter and ceaseless pontificating, Brown puts us in mind of yet another popular expression: "How about a little less gab and a little more grub?"

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