Good bread needs more than flour, water, milk and eggs, according to the philosophy of Zen priest Edward Espe Brown, author of The Tassajara Bread Bood and co-author of The Greens Cookbook.

Good bread needs more than flour, water, milk and eggs, according to the philosophy of Zen priest Edward Espe Brown, author of The Tassajara Bread Bood and co-author of The Greens Cookbook.

A documentary, "How to Cook Your Life" featuring the priest, author and cook, shows at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. The film is presented by the Ashland Independent Film Festival and Coming Attractions Theatres. Additional shows are scheduled through Nov. 8.

Brown's mixture of culinary arts and Buddhist philosophy work to nourish both body and soul and remind us of the age-old saying "you are what you eat." Brown teaches at the San Francisco Zen center's Tassajara, Green Gulch and City Center and holds meditation and cooking classes around the world. Brown co-owns the Greens Restaurant in San Francisco.

The Tassajara Bread Book is based on Brown's philosophy that care and attention are of the same importance as ingredients. The Tassajara Recipe Book is a collection of recipes gathered over 30 years of cooking at the Tassajara Zen Center.

From starters to desserts, the recipes reflect Brown's guiding principles of Zen Buddhism as they apply to the preparation of food.

As a student, Brown united his love of cooking with the teachings of Zen priest and mentor Suzuki Roshi, whose early advice was "when you wash the rice, wash the rice; when you cut the carrots, cut the carrots; when you stir the soup, stir the soup."

Also on Friday, Nov. 2, during the First Friday art walk in Ashland, digital artist Bruce Bayard will unveil his commissioned poster for the seventh annual Ashland Independent Film Festival at Studio A.B., 621 A St. Bayard also volunteered his creative and graphic services for the 2007 AIFF poster.

Call the Varsity box office at 482-3321 for tickets to "How to Cook Your Life."