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No Recipe

Cooking as Spiritual Practice
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
May, 2018
ISBN:
9781683640547
In stock now: 
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$24.99 CAD$19.99 CAD20%
Banyen's Description: 

Instilling the food you prepare with your spirit and good heart is a great undertaking—one that will nourish you in the doing, in the offering, and in the eating. With No Recipe, renowned author of The Tassajara Bread Book (Shambhala, 1970) Edward Espe Brown invites us into his home and kitchen to explore how cooking and eating can be paths to awakening and realization.

Often my practice has been to work on these intentions in the kitchen:

I want to feel simply and reliably okay about being here, being at home here. Whether or not I have problems or difficulties.

I wish for intimate connection with others, with food, with the work at hand…

Reading Browns witty and engaging collection of essays is like learning to cook—and meditate—with your own personal Zen chef and teacher. Brown shares that the way to cook is not only about following a recipe, but about letting the ingredients come forward to awaken and nourish our bodies and minds. Baking, cutting, chopping, and tasting are seen as opportunities to find joy and satisfaction in the present moment. From soil to seed and preparation to plate, No Recipe brings us a collection of timeless teachings on cooking as spiritual practice.

What we are learning in the kitchen is how to do it our way. If we are lucky, we are learning how to learn, studying how to study. Trying out recipes and styles of cooking, we find out something about who we are and what we have to offer.

This is the only cookbook you will ever need. True, it contains no recipes and no directives to cook this way or that. Instead, it invites you into the kitchen to explore your senses, your hands, your heart. Ed Brown is a Zen master artist; food is his medium. Cooks and non-cooks alike will be moved by his soulful meditations on topics as varied as taste-testing a single potato chip, studying a stalk of broccoli until it tells you how it wants to be flavored, how (and whether) to de-stem spinach or tear or cut lettuce, and preparing food for a bachelor party. This book of down-to-earth spiritual teachings has a simple, insistent message: find out for yourself!” —Norman Fischer, author of What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind

“Ed’s approach to nourishment will help you melt the boundaries between the act of cooking and the edges of yourself and make the kitchen sacred ground for unfolding and awakening.” —Peter Coyote, author, actor, and Zen priest

Publisher’s Description: 

Instilling the food you prepare with your spirit and good heart is a great undertakingone that will nourish you in the doing, in the o?ering, and in the eating. With No Recipe, renowned author of The Tassajara Bread Book (Shambhala, 1970) Edward Espe Brown invites us into his home and kitchen to explore how cooking and eating can be paths to awakening and realization.

Reading Browns witty and engaging collection of essays is like learning to cookand meditatewith your own personal Zen chef and teacher. Brown shares that the way to cook is not only about following a recipe, but about letting the ingredients come forward to awaken and nourish our bodies and minds. Baking, cutting, chopping, and tasting are not seen as rigid techniques, but as opportunities to find joy and satisfaction in the present moment. From soil to seed and preparation to plate, No Recipe brings us a collection of timeless teachings on cooking as spiritual practice.

 

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