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Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings: Recipes and Reflections
     

Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings: Recipes and Reflections

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by Edward Espe Brown
 

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For more than 30 years, cooking has sustained and enriched Ed Brown's life. A Zen priest and a master chef, he has found that cooking is healing, meditative, artful and joyous; preparing each meal can be an act of generosity and love. In Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings, he brings together his practice of both Zen meditation and cooking to tell stories

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For more than 30 years, cooking has sustained and enriched Ed Brown's life. A Zen priest and a master chef, he has found that cooking is healing, meditative, artful and joyous; preparing each meal can be an act of generosity and love. In Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings, he brings together his practice of both Zen meditation and cooking to tell stories that delight our spirits--and teach us how to create many of his most beloved recipes, from ginger muffins to potato leek soup. Here is a book for the willing cook in all of us--an inspiration for everyone who enjoys the pleasure of a great cook's company.

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In the 1970s, countless novice bakers considered Brown's Tassajara Bread Book (1970) their bible; the book has sold more than a million copies. His Tassajara Cooking (1973) also came out of his experience as baker and head cook at the Tassajara Zen Center, and he later coauthored The Greens Cookbook (1987) from San Francisco's acclaimed vegetarian restaurant. Some of the recipes in this book are adaptations of earlier ones, but most are new, and many are from Brown's cooking classes: Endive Salad with Grilled Figs, Asparagus with Roasted Almonds, Red Bartlett Pear Tart. Recipes are grouped into small chapters and follow musings on Zen teachings, meditations, or stories, from "Homemade Bread Touches My Heart" to "Potato Fiascoes" to "Tomato Ecstasy." The text is readable and quite absorbing, and the vegetarian recipes are simple but often elegant. Recommended for larger and special collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573220385
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/14/1997
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 7.68(h) x 1.13(d)

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Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings: Recipes and Reflections 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I spent a great deal of time trying to make use of this cookbook. I was unable to have any success as it is very poorly written and extremely disorganized. A real challenge to gain any culinary help from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the catalyst that led me back to my spiritual path. My love for cooking is what drew me to the book, but Brown's wonderful recollections of cooking for the Tassajara Zen Center in California drew me to Buddhism. This book is part cookbook, part autobiography, and part 'mindfulness' primer. The recipes in this book, all vegetarian, are more complex than in Tassajara Cooking, but they are still elegantly simple and delicious. Interspersed through the book are memories Brown has from Tassajara, including spiritual lessons he has learned through cooking. The message is simple and vast at the same time......being present and mindful while cooking (and while doing everything in life) leads to the end of suffering. Not only are the spiritual elements of this book profound, but the recipes are well written and sound. Recipes include appetizers, salads, soups, main courses and desserts. Some are grouped by 'menu' and some are not.