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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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2 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A bit bland and tasteless, 14 July 2008
Author: Gethin Van Haanrath from Canada

A grown man cries over tea pots. That's one of the few highlights in this rather bland movie. I was interested in more of the political aspects of the film like the woman who hadn't bought groceries in 2 years and liberated fruit off the property of ...(read more) Bush voters. Very nice.

Instead of having a nut-job like Chef Ramsey hosting a show like "Hell's Kitchen", FOX should get the Zen chef. He's just as insane but a much more likable way. Unfortunately this wasn't the right medium for his insanity and we feel more embarrassed for him on camera than entertained. I also wasn't left with much more of a knowledge of zen which I was truly hoping for here.

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