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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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Delightful film on cooking as a spiritual practice, 23 May 2008
Author: matt25 from United States

I enjoyed this film very much. Food and cooking have always made an excellent vehicle for the earthy, practical wisdom of Zen. Edward Espe Brown comes across as a very genuine teacher, and humble too--unafraid to share his own human emotions, his own work on himself. I appreciated his stories and sense of humor, as well as his gentle reminders of how profound and sacred our relationship to food really is, and how far we have lost this in the contemporary world. This is a contemplative and uplifting film with a lot of heart that made my hectic mind slow down and relax...

An added bonus is some rare video footage of the great Suzuki-roshi, author of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind".

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