How to Cook Your Life
How to Cook Your Life (2007)

"How to Cook Your Life" is about the art of cooking. Zen priest of cookery, Edward Brown, demonstrates that food means much more than just nutrition and that cooking is a feast of the senses, as well as an act of love and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 15, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This charming doc takes its time while focusing on food, but highlights larger lessons that audiences will reflect upon long after leaving the theater.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Diffuse and leisurely as a yoga breathing exercise, the film suffers from dangling digressions, but overall it's fine food for thought.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

If you enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you may find some surprising enlightenment in Brown's observations.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Salient points about the nature of food and culture are gently made, but the tone of the film is never preachy nor didactic, and the correlations between spiritual teaching and food make for a nice series of lessons learned.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Well-intentioned but lethargic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It gives one a good sense of the Zen experience in cooking.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

An unexpectedly charming and enlightening film.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York 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.

Sarah Boslaugh

...a charming but somewhat superficial portrait of Edward Espe Brown, Zen priest and cookbook author.

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