The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen [NOOK Book]

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California's Tassajara Zen Mountain Center has long been renowned for its gourmet vegetarian cuisine. In this comprehensive guide to the Tassajara way of cooking, the retreat center–spa's most celebrated chef, Edward Espe Brown, presents hundreds of recipes using fresh, whole foods; detailed notes on preparing seasonal ingredients; and, perhaps most important, inspiration for cooking with joyful intention and attention. Presented with humor and warmth, this book is full of insights for living a life that ...
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The Complete Tassajara Cookbook: Recipes, Techniques, and Reflections from the Famed Zen Kitchen

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Overview

California's Tassajara Zen Mountain Center has long been renowned for its gourmet vegetarian cuisine. In this comprehensive guide to the Tassajara way of cooking, the retreat center–spa's most celebrated chef, Edward Espe Brown, presents hundreds of recipes using fresh, whole foods; detailed notes on preparing seasonal ingredients; and, perhaps most important, inspiration for cooking with joyful intention and attention. Presented with humor and warmth, this book is full of insights for living a life that celebrates simple food.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A baking Zen priest after [our] own heart!"—O, the Oprah Magazine

"With profound-yet-playful regard for his subject matter, Ed Brown has consistently graced us with the practical poetry of his delicious cooking. This tome ties it all together beautifully, bringing new meaning to the word essential. In our modern era of rapid media images and flashing-light information, The Complete Tassajara Cookbook will provide a glowing sense of calm—hefty with substance, light with spirit, and rich with the experience of a master."—Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook

"A thoughtful tutorial. The detailed recipes that follow are eclectic and at times unusual, but all celebrate vegetarian cuisine and the art of improvisation."—San Francisco Chronicle

"The book reads like a script from a (good) cooking show. The recipes are nicely simple and easy to follow. This cookbook should be on any cooking enthusiast's shelf, whether you're a vegetarian or not."—Elephant Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822016
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 401,410
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Edward Espe Brown began cooking and practicing Zen in 1965. He was the first head resident cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center from 1967 to 1970. He later worked at the celebrated Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, serving as busboy, waiter, floor manager, wine buyer, cashier, host, and manager. Ordained a priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, he has taught meditation retreats and vegetarian cooking classes throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of several cookbooks and the editor of Not Always So, a book of lectures by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He is the subject of the critically acclaimed 2007 film How to Cook Your Life.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Zen Cooking at home!

    Mr. Brown does it again with great recipes and great sense of humor! His essay on "An Egg Conspires" was worth the price of the book alone! I could envision this Zen Buddhist trying to gently coax a stuck egg out of the tray in the refrigerator only to have it break and run all over the contents of the shelf below, then to visualize him trying to open a piece of plastic wrapped cheese...anger is transformed into a lesson of living in peace and harmony, after all, food just doesn't sit well on an upset stomach! Who would imagine that stories and poetry could come alive in a recipe book?

    All of the recipes are Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian, which is wonderful for those that are trying to find a way of leaving meat out of their diet, but still crave the flavor that eggs and cheese can give to a meal and provide the extra protein needed. The vegetable combinations are also a welcomed change for those who still want "meat, potatoes and something else". The fruit desserts are refreshing too! I can't wait until I can get some fresh mission figs for "Gingered Figs" or "Fig Bread"!

    I hope that Mr. Brown continues to bring us more wonderful recipes in the future as his insight to the subtleties and delicate nature of flavor blending are superb!

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Oh, yes! Buy it! Use it! Feel good!

    One of my favorites. If you're a vegetarian, or, like me, just eat veg occasionally, this is the book to own. Vegetable pancakes are the best food ever.

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