The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Any Skill & Living the Good Life Hardcover – Nov 20 2012
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— Nick Kokonas, Co-Owner, Alinea, Next, The Aviary
“Wildly inventive.. [a] rangy, obsessive immersion in food and its many wonders. [T]he tools needed to learn to cook well can be deployed in every manner of endeavor, from skinning a deer to memorizing a deck of cards. The author distills them into minimal, learnable units and examines how to order the units so as to keep readers engaged in their endeavors. Ferriss is a beguiling guide to this process, at once charmingly smart aleck-y and deadly serious, and he aims to make readers knowledgeable and freethinking.” — Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Tim Ferriss is author of the #1 New York Times best sellers The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body. He’s been called “The Superman of Silicon Valley” by Wired, one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and “the world’s best guinea pig” by Newsweek, which ranked him in its top 10 “most powerful” personalities on the 2012 Digital 100 Power Index. He is an adviser and faculty member at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center, which focuses on leveraging accelerating technologies to address global problems. Tim’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Economist, and The New Yorker, among many others.
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The advices are amazing, mind you. They're comprehensive, simple, and really easy to follow, but I felt like there was still a lot of fluff talk and the book could've easily been 100 or 200 pages shorter without losing anything of value.
Would definetly recommend!
So it starts at the beginning( I am still not sure how I made it past page 100 but I was intrigued) with a foundation on the authors approach to learning disparate skills using compressed learning. Ok great I like learning new things too, why not double dip. The anecdotal detours can be a little odd but have a point...then we get a warning "other cook books start by telling you to buy all this expensive crap you shouldn't have to buy"(paraphrased) and then proceeds to tell you the authors approved and essential list of expensive things he wants you to buy( with some alternatives that can be considered economical) and the list comes at quite a hefty sum once you add it all up(500$ blender, 400$ sous vide bath, 150$ knife,) it was a little much, not for me I personally had most of the items already, it was the hypocrisy it was just not needed and left a bad feeling.....
And that feeling was justified by the ENTIRE "Wild" section, I bought what I thought was at its base a guide to help me be a better cook, maybe a healthier one...what use would I have with an entire section devoted to outdoor survival, firearms, legal explosives, hunting knives, along with the varied ways to kill small fowl with my bare hands, and how to eviscerate and quarter my very own freshly shot deer!!!!! And where I need to go to find said deer and which gun I should shoot them with.....Read more ›
All the other sections, including hunting and how to break down your kill, eating insects and a practical guide to meta learning really keep you interest up.
You should absolutely buy this, especially if you liked 4 Hour Work Week or 4 Hour Body.
Most recent customer reviews
Some great stuff in here. Love Tim's work. This one gets a bit wordy for me. Lots of extras. 4HWW changed my life!Published 3 days ago by Craig M.
Love this book so much I got another copy for my little cousin when he went to university. Great introduction to cooking.Published 2 months ago by D.S.
Extremely detailed book on things that matter when cooking. In my house we use it as a reference to all things cooking. Would make a great house warming gift too!Published 5 months ago by Robert Bouchard
I was disappointed as my expectations were not met and what I received instead was a testimony to the cleverness and success of the author. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Larry
A lot to digest in this book, most of it does not apply to me nor would I do most of the things presented inside. Still a very good read.Published 10 months ago by Tes
This was the worst book I have purchased. It was not funny...it was extremely misleading. I am interested in cooking not Tom foolery. This should have a disclaimer. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Donna Mae