Buy New
$5.43
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 17 left in stock.
Sold by Lunch money and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
How To Cook Your Life has been added to your Cart
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.69
Gift Card.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$5.75
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Surplus DVD Source
Add to Cart
$5.75
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: HideAwaysDVD's LLC
Add to Cart
$8.71
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

How To Cook Your Life

4.1 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(May 06, 2008)
"Please retry"
1
$5.43
$1.43 $1.43
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy

Deal of the Day: "M*A*S*H: The Complete Series + Movie" on DD
Today only, save big on this M*A*S*H bundle, which includes all 11 seasons of the hit television show and the feature film. This offer ends at 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Learn more
$5.43 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 17 left in stock. Sold by Lunch money and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • How To Cook Your Life
  • +
  • The Tassajara Bread Book
  • +
  • The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen
Total price: $40.07
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Zen Master and Renowned Chef Edward Espe Brown is captured on film as he guides students through the mastery of cooking and the importance of how we treat our food. Heartwarming, insightful and often surprising.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Edward Espe Brown, Doris Dörrie
  • Directors: Doris Dörrie
  • Writers: Doris Dörrie
  • Producers: Fidelis Mager, Franz X. Gernstl, Richard Sterling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014BQR74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How To Cook Your Life" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By E. S. Noyes on February 5, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
THIS IS A GREAT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT BUDDHISM, EMOTIONS, COOKING, AGING, SPIRIT... AND IT'S PROFOUND AND FUNNY AND SAD AND TRANSCENDENT. I WAS SO HAPPY TO FIND THIS ON AMAZON, AND FOR A PRICE SO LOW IT WAS SILLY. SNAP ONE UP IF YOU CAN.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
This delightful and insightful film from German director Doris Dorrie (Enlightenment Guaranteed) demonstrates, in the tradition of great Buddhist teachings, the marvel of life that is and always has been right under your nose, right at your fingertips, right there waiting for you to really see it, really feel it, really smell and taste it.

Ostensibly a profile of American Soto Zen priest Edward Espe Brown , for 30 years the head cook of the California Tassajara Zen Center, the film is in the end more about how we relate to food, and ultimately how we relate to life. In Japan's Soto Zen tradition, cooking is more than just feeding the monks. It's about close attention to detail. It's about respect for the produce of the Earth. In the process, its as much about preparing yourself as it is a meal.

13th century Japanese Zen master Dogen elevated the position of cook within his monasteries to near the importance of the abbot. He saw in the handling and preparation of food a means for cooks to practice mindfulness, and through careful attention to detail maintain the health and morale of the monastic community. He wrote a treatise on the subject, Instructions to the Tenzo, that is still studied in Soto Zen monasteries. In fact you'll see in the film some of the cooks at Tassajara studying this very text.
Read more ›
Comment 23 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Looking at your life and the experiences you have everyday in terms of the kitchen really helped me to switch some of my views and habits. I used to look at cooking, working and doing the many things I do everyday as one endless, thankless task.

Now I am thinking more about what I do as an experience. How to Cook Your Life has brought a perspective to into my life. I just ordered The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen and the stories and insight are wonderful. Oh, and it has some great recipes too!
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
I love Doris Dorrie's movies very much. This examination of a Zen practitioner named Edward Espe Brown is a fun look at his life and his cooking. The movie calls him a "Master". He doesn't seem happy but I don't know any masters to compare with him. I find Zen monasteries interesting as, to teach a non-individual view, they seem want to force all students into a "mold", following a recipe followed by past teachers. Seems to be more of a Asian thing than a Buddhist thing. Still, if it's a Dorrie movie, it's a movie that will show the cold, naked truth at all times, generally with a generous helping of love.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you have a little patience while watching this film, you will be greatly rewarded. Edward Espe Brown is not only a wonderful cooking teacher, but a humorous and humble spiritual guide. The side stories about food that illuminate this film's philosophy are enlightening and thought provoking without having to resort to disturbing film footage about our corporate food industry's ugly side. I don't purchase many DVDs, but I had to have this for my small collection. I love to cook, and having this film is like having a spiritual guide at my side to help me be patient and have reverence while I prepare food for my loved ones and myself.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
This movie, featuring Zen priest who is also a master cook is not a "how to cook a dish" type of movie. Actually it never shows how to prepare a single dish from the begining to the end, but how to work with our own minds.Zen teachings and commentaries are given by Edward Espe Brown (the priest), but also we have archival footage of the teachings of the Zen Master Suzuki,and also the interviews with the members of the Buddhist community.

Zen is a practice of mindfulness, and of course, there is a lot of it in this movie. But also are other aspects which are so very Zen: honesty, humor, poetry, humanity, compassion toward humans and animals, and the attitude toward the problems in our lives. Brown is a priest and a teacher, but he is has not a stature of a Zen master, yet anyone can see how much it can be learned from a practitioner who spend fourty years practicing Zen. And for those of you who like Dalai Lama and his sense of humor,there is also something charming about the brand of humor represented by Brown, and his master teacher, Suzuki.

Cooking was very important practice in Zen monasteries, but also any work done, and this movies shows how much meaning any work can have. Any work which serves the others can be elevated to a meaningful activity, and yes, be holly to some extend, if done with the right spirit.

And I just want to add a comment fro those who are not familiar with Mahayana Buddhism (to which Zen belongs). You can see Brown talking about old water kettles, and there is a lot of down to Earth poetry in it.But he also sheds a tear, so, why is he so emotional, someone may ask. As a long time practitioner, Ed Brown must have to take Boddhistava vows, which means such a practitioner has the attitude the others first.
Read more ›
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

How To Cook Your Life
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: How To Cook Your Life


Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video