"How to Cook Your Life" (2007) was on our movies on demand channel. It was one of those days to avoid things -- hotter than ever, humid beyond belief, and well, reading in bed took up most of the day. It was one of those days to embrace things. This documentary about Edward Espe Brown -- about zen and food -- cooking and cooking one's life -- was perfect. The director -- Doris Dorrie -- is German and a former judge at Cannes. The film includes footage from the Zen Center in San Francisco and its Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara, and of a Zen Center (I think) in Germany (I think). It highlights Brown in various circumstances showing people how to knead bread, washing rice, roll cutting carrots, sitting in full monastic gowns teaching, reading aloud from a book, among other things. He's a bit odd, I confess to thinking as I watched. But then again, who's not? The film includes beautiful shots of plums and of risen dough. Not to mention the most wonderful radishes with faces on them that seem to leap from the screen. Along with Brown one meets what some might call a freegan (someone who gets her food from dumpsters and fruit trees from which she gets permission -- or does not -- to pick) and watches a youngish boy eat with pleasure what he helps to make.