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

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

by Timothy Ferriss


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


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.

Product Details

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

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.

What People are Saying About This

“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 

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The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CarlieMansfield1972 More than 1 year ago
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.
CC121 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
kaden85 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Dusty81 More than 1 year ago
It would be hard to review this book for you as it will not be published until November 2012. I have preordered the book.