How to Cook Your Life (Wie man sein Leben kocht)
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How to Cook Your Life (Wie man sein Leben kocht)
Self-depreciating Zen Buddhist priest, chef, and Tessajara Bread Book author Edward Espe Brown takes over Buddhist center kitchens around the world to school viewers in the joys of organic cooking as filmmaker Doris Dörrie rolls camera to explore just how Zen wisdom and a sharp chef's knife can be the key components to a meal that nourishes both the body and the soul. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Diffuse and leisurely as a yoga breathing exercise, the film suffers from dangling digressions, but overall it's fine food for thought."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"If you enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you may find some surprising enlightenment in Brown's observations."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It gives one a good sense of the Zen experience in cooking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"How To Cook Your Life is slow and gentle, and it sneaks up on you. It ain't War & Peace, but it is the sort of film you'll think about long after you leave the theatre."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A playful and enlightening documentary featuring Zen master and accomplished cook Edward Espe Brown with nourishing tips on food and paying attention."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"In How to Cook Your Life, Edward Espe Brown endearingly embodies one of Buddhism's guiding principles: a sense of humor about our arrogances and illusions."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Well-intentioned but lethargic."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"...a charming but somewhat superficial portrait of Edward Espe Brown, Zen priest and cookbook author."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"... more of a snack than a meal: Zen and the art of culinary simplicity as a temporary spiritual retreat."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Doris Dorrie's loving portrait of Buddhist priest and chef Edward Espe Brown showcases his message that paying attention to the mundane processes of food production, preparation and consumption can be a gateway to larger spiritual revelations."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An unexpectedly charming and enlightening film."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A jaunty mix of chanting, baking and spiritual uplift, How to Cook Your Life introduces us to the cooking classes of Edward Espe Brown, a twinkling Zen priest."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"What makes her film fascinating is the idea that this calm, centered man may be about to lose his grip."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A tasty dish; but you'll be hungry again in an hour"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"A low-key but pleasant and thoughtful examination ... The film could use a lot more time in the kitchen."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Metromix.com
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