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Zen Cooking

Since a number of people have requested information about these, here are the Buddhist cookbooks I've been reading. I found all of them through Amazon marketplace, even though a couple are out of print. In case you hadn't already guessed, all of these are vegetarian.

Tassajara Cookbook by Edward Espe Brown is a great, simple cooking book. Its very light on specific recipes, and instead offers thoughts on ways to approach various vegetables, and general notes on preparing types of dishes (e.g. soups, casseroles, etc.) I love this one because it has revolutionized my cooking by breaking it down, and making me think about presenting the ingredients "as themselves" rather than trying to invent fancier and more complex dishes all the time.

Also by Edward Espe Brown are Tassajara Recipe Book (which was presumably written to compensate for the lack of recipes in the previous book) and Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings. Of these, I like the second one better. It's got lots of short essays about things like mindfulness practice, and life in the monastery, and retains more of the spirit of the first book.

I am also enjoying 3 Bowls : Vegetarian Recipes from an American Zen Buddhist Monastery by Seppo Ed Farrey and Nancy O'Hara. This one is also full of wonderful little bit of Buddhist thought and practice, but the recipes are better organized than in the "Tomato Blessing" book.

There are others out there, including another one with "three bowls" in the title (which refers to practice of monks using three bowls at formal meals) but the three above are the ones I've used.

Eat mindfully :)


Aug. 27th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
first these books sound awesome! Second I am so proud of you and your friends they are so supportive of what you are doing with your life (including me quietly from afar) thats half the battle - with anything you do - its getting the support you need to give you the confidence you deserve to accomplish your goals...I find its all a matter what works for you- then sticking to it- with the whole weight thing I am with ya there sister- i have gained 40 lbs in 1 year ugh- now I am on a mission to lose it - I am finding that out of all the diets weight watchers is super helpful- its not about what you eat but how much or how little- they have a really good online program- and you can eat anything or be a vegetarian or what ever it show you how to manage your food and time wisely- I was really impressed when after my first week of the diet i lost 4 lbs. They dont make you eat their food- and they have menus for alot of restaurants- to track your eating out as well....anyways in your life it seems like you are doing lots of cleaning house work which is so important and some of the hardest ...keep up the great job!!!!!RAH RAH RAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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