The German filmmaker Doris Dörrie puts herself on the trail of the Zen Chef and Master Edward Espe Brown as he gives classes on how to cook and how to live, and how to do both together.
The two, for Brown, who has a number of very successful cookbooks to his credit, are intimately related: the care which we give to what we do – and cooking is a thing many people do – reflects the care we give to ourselves and others.
The film looks in on classes Brown gives on his Zen form of cooking and also hears about the philosophy that underlies his work and life, which is based mainly on the Japanese Zen Master Dogen’s Instructions to the Chief Cook (Tenzo kyo-kun).
He also talks about his personal history, his training under the great Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, who ordained him, and his life at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and other centers where he has lived and worked.
The film is very well put together and manages to reflect the somwhat offbeat character at the centre of the film. Doris Dörrie is also well-known for her other Zen-influenced films Enlightenment Guaranteed and Cherry Blossoms.
This embedded version has Spanish subtitles, which is a bit annoying as the subtitles cover the English titles, and the English subtitles which are used on occasion.
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