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Edward Espe Brown:
Beginning with The Tassajara Bread Book in 1970 Edward Espe Brown has been inspiring cooks and bakers to wake up and realize their capacity to nourish themselves and others with their labors in the kitchen.
Ordained as a zen priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1971, he has been leading meditation retreats and cooking classes for more than 30 years. He edited a book of Suzuki Roshi’s talks Not Always So that was published in 2001.
Along with zen and cooking he has been interested in poetry, yoga, qigong, Mindfulness Touch (hands-on healing), Liberation Through Handwriting Change, clowning, and improvisational theater.
The subject of a documentary movie How to Cook Your Life, directed by Doris Dörrie (2007), his Complete Tassajara Cookbook came out in September, 2009. His new book No Recipe, published by Sounds True, came out May 1st of 2018.