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How to Cook Your Life (Wie man sein Leben kocht)

How to Cook Your Life (Wie man sein Leben kocht) (2007)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 7

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


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

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



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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

May 6, 2008

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

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

December 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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An unexpectedly charming and enlightening film.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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If you enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you may find some surprising enlightenment in Brown's observations.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Well-intentioned but lethargic.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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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.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It gives one a good sense of the Zen experience in cooking.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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...a charming but somewhat superficial portrait of Edward Espe Brown, Zen priest and cookbook author.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

What makes her film fascinating is the idea that this calm, centered man may be about to lose his grip.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

... more of a snack than a meal: Zen and the art of culinary simplicity as a temporary spiritual retreat.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A tasty dish; but you'll be hungry again in an hour

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

A playful and enlightening documentary featuring Zen master and accomplished cook Edward Espe Brown with nourishing tips on food and paying attention.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A low-key but pleasant and thoughtful examination ... The film could use a lot more time in the kitchen.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source:

Brown as a subject does sometimes intrigue and he even grows emotional, but this does not necessarily make him more endearing.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Zen priest who dominates the film as its talking head is laid-back to the point of being soporific and engages in speech mannerisms that could make even an adolescent hit the ceiling.

November 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The documentary plays like a long, dull parody of pure living.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Audience Reviews for How to Cook Your Life (Wie man sein Leben kocht)

Sure, documentaries are usually slow and uneventful, but they should be informative. Well, Doris Dorrie doesn't have much going on with informing in this picture.There is no clear point as to what this documentary is trying to be. Is it a film about food? Is it about cooking? Is it about religion? Supposedly, a handful of people are attending some sort of zen class with cooking, but after a brief shot of the day's schedule in the beginning, there is no indication of any schedule being followed. The film bounces around from topic to topic and it also momentarily switches to other people for interviews that seem to be on a tangent from what Chef Edward Brown is talking about.Chef Brown himself is very bland and monotonous in the way he talks. This makes this 90 minute picture extremely boring from beginning to end. He attempts humor from time to time, as he laughs at his own comments, but most, if not all, are very hard to find laughable.How to Cook Your Life does have a message that some will connect with; however, this film just does a bad job at conveying it.
February 4, 2010
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