No Recipe: Cooking as Spiritual Practice by Edward Espe Brown

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  • mjes on July 08, 2018

    This book is part how to cook well and part how to integrate cooking into your spiritual practice esp. Zen Buddhism. One hint that was a big take away for me despite being obvious. To understand how a recipe works, e.g. a salad taste the mix each time you add an ingredient. This way you can taste what each ingredient adds to the result - and if you can't tell a difference, question whether or not the ingredient is needed. I would add to this - one can also try varying an ingredient - a difference in brand or blend, or type may make a significant difference. Somewhere along the line, someone taught me when picking a vinegar or soy sauce or sugar or thickener, pick one from the same area as your basic recipe i.e. if you are making a Korean dish use a Korean soy sauce. Once you have this base, you have a base to compare substitutions against. Yes, I add notes to my favorite EYB recipes to show the specific varieties requested by the recipe where EYB uses a more generic ingredient.

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  • ISBN 10 1683640543
  • ISBN 13 9781683640547
  • Published May 01 2018
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 248
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Sounds True

Publishers Text

Discover How to Cook—with Your Senses, Your Hands, and Your Heart
"Making your love manifest, transforming your spirit, good heart, and able hands into food is a great undertaking,” writes renowned chef and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown, “one that will nourish you in the doing, in the offering, and in the eating.” With No Recipe: Cooking as Spiritual Practice, Brown beautifully blends expert cooking advice with thoughtful reflections on meaning, joy, and life itself.
Reading Brown’s witty and engaging collection of essays is like learning to cook—and meditate—with your own personal chef and Zen teacher. Drawing from a lifetime of experience, he invites us into his home and kitchen to explore how cooking and eating can be paths to awakening. Baking, cutting, chopping, and tasting are not seen as rigid techniques, but as opportunities to find joy and satisfaction in the present moment. “Forget the rules and forget what you’ve been told,” teaches Brown. “Discover for yourself by tasting, testing, experimenting, and experiencing.”
From soil to seed and preparation to plate, No Recipe brings us a collection of timeless teachings on awakening in the sacred space of the kitchen.

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