CANCELLED – No Recipe – Cooking as Spiritual Practice with Edward Espe Brown

Sunday afternoon, March 29th: 1:30-5 PM followed by Tasting Meal

“Let things come home to your heart, and let your heart go out and abide in things.” Zen Master Dogen

Food is mystery, source, and sustenance.  Zen Master Tenkei said, “See with your eyes, smell with your nose, taste with your tongue…nothing in the universe is hidden.  What else would you have me say?” Beyond following recipes or simply doing what you’ve been told, is liberation in the kitchen, freely realizing the way to cook by letting the ingredients come forward to awaken and nourish, bringing your own body and mind alive to cook. 

We will be learning to trust ourselves in the kitchen.  No recipe in the kitchen, no recipe for how to be you! “Realizing the mystery,” says the Zen Master Deshan, “is nothing but breaking through to grasp an ordinary person’s life.”

Beginning with a brief class to discuss plans for the day, we’ll have a three hour cooking class (with a break), followed by a tasting meal and clean-up. We’ll cut, chop, clean, taste, and cook, learning to use our hands and hearts to work with ingredients to bring forth food.  Sharp knives will be provided, so we can develop some cutting skills. One or more dishes will be assembled ingredient by ingredient so that you can taste and know for yourself what’s what!


Edward Espe Brown is a zen priest and author of The Tassajara Bread Book and Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings, as well as editor of Not Always So, a book of talks by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. A teacher of meditation and cooking, he is also a student of Vipassana, cranio-sacral, handwriting change, and chi gung and yoga, as well as a lover of poetry. His teaching style weaves together a multiplicity of strands.  Edward is featured in the movie How to Cook Your Life, directed by Doris Dörrie, released in the fall of 2007. No Recipe, 2018 and The Most Important Point, 2019 are his most recent books.