Brown is a legend among the California Zen community, and I first heard about him when I was visiting Green Gulch. He's a character and a great story teller, and throughout the film he weaves tales from the kitchen together with childhood memories, life lessons, and Buddhist teachings. There is also a particularly intense scene about banged-up tea pots. And a hilarious only-in-Northern-California bit featuring a dumpster-diving and free-fruit-picking enthusiast -- she calls it the Creative Catering Company -- who hasn't bought groceries in years.
The film also includes beautiful shots of Tassajara, Green Gulch, and the San Francisco Zen Center and gives a glimpse of what it's like to live and work among these communities. After watching it, I felt so calm - as if I had just meditated for an hour.
Here's a trailer for the film (the dumpster-diver's in there!).