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The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Any Skill & Living the Good Life [Hardcover]

Timothy Ferriss
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Book Description

Nov. 20 2012


The 4-Hour Chef isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure guide to the world of rapid learning.

#1 New York Times bestselling author (and lifelong non-cook) Tim Ferriss takes you from Manhattan to Okinawa, and from Silicon Valley to Calcutta, unearthing the secrets of the world’s fastest learners and greatest chefs. Ferriss uses cooking to explain “meta-learning,” a step-by-step process that can be used to master anything, whether searing steak or shooting 3-pointers in basketball. That is the real “recipe” of The 4-Hour Chef.

You'll train inside the kitchen for everything outside the kitchen. Featuring tips and tricks from chess prodigies, world-renowned chefs, pro athletes, master sommeliers, super models, and everyone in between, this “cookbook for people who don’t buy cookbooks” is a guide to mastering cooking and life.

The 4-Hour Chef is a five-stop journey through the art and science of learning:

1. META-LEARNING. Before you learn to cook, you must learn to learn. META charts the path to doubling your learning potential.

2. THE DOMESTIC. DOM is where you learn the building blocks of cooking. These are the ABCs (techniques) that can take you from Dr, Seuss to Shakespeare.

3. THE WILD. Becoming a master student requires self-sufficiency in all things. WILD teaches you to hunt, forage, and survive.

4. THE SCIENTIST. SCI is the mad scientist and modernist painter wrapped into one. This is where you rediscover whimsy and wonder.

5. THE PROFESSIONAL. Swaraj, a term usually associated with Mahatma Gandhi, can be translated as “self-rule.” In PRO, we’ll look at how the best in the world become the best in the world, and how you can chart your own path far beyond this book.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Dec 16 2012
By William
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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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cook-Book Ever 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, motivational Dec 11 2012
By Bill
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just a cook book... July 16 2014
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Hour Chef - Christmas x639 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Tim Ferriss Aug. 15 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book March 15 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and all as promised
Love this book! Arrived as promised in good condition and promptly.
Published 2 months ago by Dawn Bowles
1.0 out of 5 stars A dog's breakfast of trivia
Maybe a coincidence, but Timothy Ferriss seems to have it in for the number 4 - the hard cover issue weighing just under 4 pounds on my kitchen scale. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sedgewick
4.0 out of 5 stars I can cook!
Nice and simple recipes, easy to follow along, and some unexpected bonus extras in the book . I love !
Published 8 months ago by Corbin Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Skill Set building without limits
Amazing. Giving multi-faceted people a textbook and (more importantly) encouragement in their quest to be themselves living the life of three or four people (if not more ...). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Yves Farges
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TO
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! (the hard copy)
In a word: Comprehensive.

Tim manages to inspire, educate and humble us with his willingness to go the extra 1000 miles to obtain all the information and know how we... Read more
Published 12 months ago by ryeguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you :)
Thanks so much for the great book, FAST shipping and easy transaction :)
It made a wonderful gift for my 11-year-old sister in-law who has recently found a lover for cooking.
Published 12 months ago by SVP
5.0 out of 5 stars great book awesome author
easy to follow and quite a good read! the recipes are awesome and the techniques described are quite applicable! enjoy!
Published 12 months ago by mike leites
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide to Learning
Excellent book for those who love to Learn and also those new to Cooking. Tim breaks down the tough parts into easy to understand steps to make learning fun and rewarding.
Published 13 months ago by Shazad F Ahmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I like it so much. It's a fresh new style of reading with a vast amount of information to learn from
Published 13 months ago by Paul
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