Edward E Brown
In 1965, Edward Espe Brown started cooking and practicing Zen. From 1967 until 1970, he was the first resident cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He eventually worked as a busboy, waiter, floor manager, wine buyer, cashier, host, and manager at San Francisco's renowned Greens Restaurant. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi ordained him as a priest, and he has taught meditation retreats and vegetarian culinary classes around North America and Europe. He is the author of several cookbooks and the editor of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi's Not Always So, a collection of talks. How to Cook Your Life, a critically acclaimed 2007 film, is about him.