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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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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: New Harvest; 1 edition (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547884591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547884592
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 20.1 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Gagnon on Dec 4 2012
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Tim Ferriss' enticing new book, the 4-Hour Chef, is THE-BEST-Cook-Book Ever. Makes a man out of you and chef out of every man. It's graphically awesome and chockful of tips, from impressing a girl with your cooking to saving her life by surviving in the wild. A must read for anyone who wants to learn how to learn, be it about cooking, life or just living an adventure from cover to cover.
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14 of 16 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TO on Sept. 7 2013
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I read his first book (4 hr work week) which made me curious about his second. I have to say this one appeared as though he was going through the motions. A lot of generalizing surprisingly little substance.

No revelations in this one...time back, I'd take a pass!
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2 of 2 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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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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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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By Denis Panchenko on March 15 2014
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Extremely helpful . If you are interested in meta learning this book is a pure gold ! Highly recommend . The only thing I regret is that I didn't buy it earlier...
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