Synopses & Reviews
Kimberley Snow offers an outrageously funny and honest account of her adventures as head cook at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center. With her earthy sensibility and sharp sense of humor, the author shows this world in a light devoid of preciousness–while expressing with heart the integrity of the spiritual work being undertaken. We come away from our visit to this exotic realm having found it both extraordinary and surprisingly familiar. The neuroses, obsessions, and petty concerns exposed by Snow–both in herself and her fellow staff members–prove to be grist for the mill for discovering the grace inherent in life just as it is.
Part Kitchen Confidential, part Cloister Walk, this highly entertaining book offers a warm-hearted account of the author's adventures as a cook at a Buddhist retreat center.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Boned, minced, reduced by half: 1. Retreat doing? -- 2. Religious roots -- 3. Nina, the evil kitchen elf -- 4. Meditating not -- 5. Insight -- 6. Shhhh -- 7. Living dharma -- 8. They used to call me god, but they'll never call me Buddha -- 9. Soup -- 10. Kitchen talk -- 11. Jizo ceremony -- 12. Impermanence -- Part 2. Don't expect applause: -- 13. Restaurant voices -- 14. My short but violent career as a chef -- 15. Transcending dualism while whipping egg whites into high, stiff peaks --16. Relaxing the mind -- 17. Bread -- 18. Naming -- 19. A cup of tea -- 20. Dzogchenpa among the Presbyterians -- 21. On having a teacher.