The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life

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WHAT IF YOU COULD BECOME WORLD-CLASS IN ANYTHING IN 6 MONTHS OR LESS?

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 ...

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Overview

WHAT IF YOU COULD BECOME WORLD-CLASS IN ANYTHING IN 6 MONTHS OR LESS?

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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 
From the Publisher

“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 
Library Journal
Best-selling author Ferriss (The 4-Hour Body) uses cooking to illustrate an accelerated learning process that readers can use to "become world-class in just about anything" in six months or fewer. Ferris insists that those who complete this book's core lessons, which require considerable financial investment, will not only master cooking basics but also lose weight, improve their sex life, and impress their friends. This massive infographic- and chart-filled title straddles the cooking and self-help genres. VERDICT Ferris's approach and motivators aren't for everyone, but his book is hugely (if chaotically) informative, especially for the reader who wants to learn a little about everything—even how to sous-vide fish in a hotel-room sink.
Kirkus Reviews
Four hours? A gimmick, to be sure, but a good one to lure you into this rangy, obsessive immersion in food and its many wonders. We should become more conversant with the pot, the pan and all that issues therefrom, writes life-improvement guru Ferriss (The 4-Hour Body, 2010, etc.). You have so much to lose by not doing so. Eating well tones your body and mind, impresses people and increases your mating advantage. Even more, the 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. The author demonstrates how to hold a knife and cut an onion, but he also provides an engagement with the outdoors--how to build a shelter and butcher a kill, how to shop in Calcutta's outdoor market and recognize a squirrel's chirp ("akin to a Jack Russell digging through a chalkboard"). Ferriss also examines better eating through chemistry, which leads quite naturally to an extended encounter with Grant Achatz's legendarily avant-garde cuisine--e.g., cigar-infused tequila hot chocolate. Ferriss is everywhere--preventing fat gain when you binge, poaching an egg, butchering a chicken, using liquid nitrogen, making a bacon rose--but is always focused on the main course: good eating. A wildly inventive excursion through the creation of our daily bread--and our occasional carp à l'ancienne.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547884592
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 38,522
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    Interesting book to read but extremely redundant with constant r

    Interesting book to read but extremely redundant with constant repetitions of the "facts" that lack critical citations or references. Highly inflated 672 pages; I'm assuming this book is selling well because of the six-figure marketing budgets from publisher and author, as well as the deep discounts. In a nutshell: it's a fun-to-read read book that's probably ghostwritten like most bestsellers these days. At least this book turns a boring weekend of logging in and out of social media aimlessly into an interesting time (relatively) well spent. I also recommend Naheed Ali's "The Obesity Reality"-- has a lot of facts that are useful for everyone.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Excellent book, fantastic illustrations and text. I enjoyed the

    Excellent book, fantastic illustrations and text. I enjoyed the part about the golf swing and he has tons of great recipes. As usual Tim Ferris will push you out of your comfort zone to learn and try new things! Highly recommend this book. I would recommend the print version, the ebook is nice too, but this book is better in print due to all of the graphics.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Buy the eBook and the hardcover. The content is very interestin

    Buy the eBook and the hardcover. The content is very interesting. Whoever the monkey is that gave the book 1-star because it wasn't available yet should find a tall bridge and jump off of it.
    Signed,
    Rick in Boston

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    4-hour chef

    It would be hard to review this book for you as it will not be published until November 2012. I have preordered the book.

    1 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    This book proved my parents right in saying to child me, "Y

    This book proved my parents right in saying to child me, "You can be whoever you want to be." The meta-learning section of this book was very meaningful to me. The majority of society doesn't have to intensely worry about their survival day to day, especially those of us currently on this website. They aren't fighting for their lives or the fate of our existence. Everything is okay. And that brings up a new problem; what do we do with our lives? We learn, we understand, we create. And it turns out one thing worth learning and understanding is cooking. This book helped my sense of taste become high definition. I am still progressing my way through the recipes and am excited to see what I can create.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    The 4-Hour Chef is a very fun book. It takes a different approac

    The 4-Hour Chef is a very fun book. It takes a different approach to not only cooking, but everything else that you can learn. It teaches how to learn new skills in a very quick and simple way. I thought the part of the book before the cooking was interesting and makes you think more about what we do in life. I really enjoyed the recipes in the book. They were simple but very tasty!
    If you want to learn to cook, I highly recommend reading this book because it makes learning fun and easy.
    -Elizabeth

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    Posted January 4, 2013

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