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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

August 26, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh

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

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

September 19, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 6, 2007
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

December 3, 2007
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

November 29, 2007
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

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

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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An unexpectedly charming and enlightening film.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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If you enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you may find some surprising enlightenment in Brown's observations.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 16, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 16, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Well-intentioned but lethargic.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2007
Geoff Berkshire

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

November 15, 2007
Gregg Rickman
L.A. Weekly
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Cook and Zen priest Edward Brown is profiled in this documentary by German filmmaker Doris Dörrie (Men), who follows the witty, pleasant Brown as he offers cooking and life lessons in Buddhist retreats in Austria and California.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 15, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 13, 2007
Harvey S. Karten

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.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

November 10, 2007
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film is directed with humor and a sense of openness that is quite Zen-like.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2007
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

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

Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times | Original Score: D+

October 26, 2007
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