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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: New Harvest; 1 edition (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547884591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547884592
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 4.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Tim Ferriss distills kitchen wisdom like a rotary evaporator on power surge. The results are potent, lucid, and delicious.”
— 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William on Dec 16 2012
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The 4-Hour Chef is a great and massive book, but just like The 4-Hour Body, it's often filled with stories that won't really help you in any shape or form and only serve to make the book look much longer than it actually is.

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!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Young TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 25 2013
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As someone with severe ADHD reading this book made my brain ache, it's informative, insightful, witty and a complete unmitigated mess. The literary version of a having a migraine while being locked in a drum and a very angry person with a hammer trying to open it all at the same time....maddening. Whoever edited, and copy wrote this should take less psychotropic substances while doing their job....

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.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on Dec 11 2012
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Very interesting book, covering far more than just cooking. It is basically "how to be good at anything, using cooking as an example". It is hard not to be motivated after reading this book.
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Brilliant book, it teaches you SO much more then just dishes, and the ones it does teach have a purpose; to teach you a specific skill required to become a competent chef.

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.
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If you want to win MasterChef or become a professional chef then you need this book. Dont go to culinary school - instead buy this book, spend all the money on the tools and follow the directions to shortcut your culinary career. Tim also tells you exactly how to take these skills to any high end restaurant in town and get yourself hired. I'll say it again - Dont go to culinary school, at least until after you've read this book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FredInVancouver on Dec 3 2012
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This book is visually stunning, easy to read, endlessly entertaining, easy to navigate and contains a ton of immediately useful information. A must read and a 'must keep it handy' kind of book. I've already put a clear plastic film on the book to protect my investment.

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Another great read from Tim Ferriss. It greatly enhanced my kitchen skills in a fun, easy way and added several new regular meals/snacks to my food rotation. Beyond the cooking sections, a ton of useful info on advanced learning of new skills and languages. I reopen this book weekly since completion, well worth your time
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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.
I am a vegan and I was hopeful that there might have been some discussion of this practice
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