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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 [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Ferriss
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Tim learns about selecting the best cuts at Dickson's Farmstand Meats.
At Dickson's Farmstand Meats, Tim gets tips on
the art of butchering from an in-house expert.
Tim prepares to make Bistecca
Alla Panzanese.
He coats the meat with grapeseed oil and
seasons both sides with salt and pepper.

Harissa Crab Cakes, a quick appetizer that showcases the flavors of chili and lime.
The ingredients for Mashed Coconut
Cauliflower with Cashews--mashed potato
mouthfeel without the guilt.
Tim prepares succulent Herbed
Sous-Vide Turkey Legs with thyme,
sage, garlic, and butter.
These White Chocolate Chip and Pistachio
Cookies have a delectable flavor and texture.

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“If you crossed Jason Bourne with Julia Child, you’d end up with Tim Ferriss.” – Marco Canora, Chef-Partner of Hearth & Terroir

“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

"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


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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 75843 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing; 1 edition (20 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NJU8PA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UK Edition? Really? 7 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book itself is very, very good. It's well written, and there's enough advice and challenges to keep you reading (and cooking!). HOWEVER, this book despite being labelled as 'UK Edition' is written for the USA market. Courgettes are still Zucchinnis, Aubergines are Eggplants etc. One of the big selling points of the book is that you don't have to spend a fortune to get the kit needed to make these great meals. The VERY FIRST item on the very first recipe is a Logic LCC3 skillet combo - rrp $30. Great, I thought, that's pretty cheap just need to find somewhere in the UK that sells it.... nope, only available in the US. Amazon don't ship the item to the UK, and the only similar products I can find here are £75+. So much for UK edition!
The actual recipes and techniques the book teaches are very good, so it's a shame I can't help but feel a bit cheated. As far as I can see the only difference from the US version is that the price on the back cover is in pounds instead of dollars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting information, recipes disappointing 23 April 2013
Overall, I'm glad I bought this book (though wish I hadn't got the kindle version as it's first and foremost a recipe book!) as I learned some new things from it I probably wouldn't have picked up elsewhere. However I don't really think it lives up to the claims that it makes and my experience of the recipes was disappointing.

The book consists of five sections:

1) Meta-learning - about Tim's method of learning things. I am interested in education and found this quite interesting with some great examples, though it certainly leaves lots of questions unanswered. There's less than I expected about his process of learning to cook - there's a bit, but not the sort of detail I was expecting. Likewise, with language learning, it talks about reaching a moderate conversational level in a language and very little about how to move from that stage to real fluency.

2) The Domestic - this is the main part of the book. After a rather US-centric list of equipment and store cupboard essentials to buy, it consists of a plan for learning to cook consisting of 14 lessons each taking about 20 minutes prep with the idea that you do two of the lessons each week, including hosting a dinner party once a month. The general concept is a really good one but I felt it could have been executed much better. I've cooked half a dozen or so recipes and generally haven't been wildly impressed - not sure I'd cook any of them again. There was a bit of a studenty feel about them (but with sometimes quite expensive ingredients!) and the first recipe had a step missing which is pretty much inexcusable in a book billing itself for novice cooks. The recipes also follow Tim's Slow Carb diet, references to which abound throughout the book, so don't expect pasta or the like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not a book about cooking, but...... 12 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is not a book about cooking per se, but rather what you learn through cooking and eating. This is not necessarily the book to teach you how to cook, but it is a book about Tim Ferris and how he learned to cook. The book is unashamedly about Tim but it is easy to read, very engaging and I did learn a thing or two that have modified the way I prep and cook food. The book is entertaining if nothing else.

Other reviews have made this point, but it is worth repeating for Amazon UK customers. This book is written for the American reader. You need to be conversant with arugula, zucchini, collard greens, beef short ribs etc and find the UK name. You will not be able to source many of his recommended utensils and ingredients either as he lists websites that do not ship to the UK. If Tim Ferris has the inclination to commission someone in the UK to research and edit the book to source available produce, this would be much appreciated and I would rate five star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting though inconsistent-3.5 to 4 stars 22 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this because the concept-using cookery as a starting point for teaching any skill-was interesting enough.
A lot of ground is covered. First, the good points:

The recipes and anecdotes very readable, and by breaking cookery down into various chemical processes (i.e. waffles and sauerkraut=fermentation, Nutella powder and beef jerky=dehydration) and kitchen or food-based skills (using a knife properly, cutting your veg more efficiently, dressing a carcass) it gives you areas where you can pick up and learn something tangible to improve your performance in the kitchen.
This approach also uses cooking as a medium to learn other things, which is a nice use of "meta-learning"

The "lessons", which are recipes broken down into photo-essays, are pretty good, showing what the end result should look like, troubleshooting any difficult or important bits. Showing you how to prep and make seared scallops or test by sight how well-cooked your meat is makes the visual impact of this book worthwhile. A great many cookbooks include gratuitous photos because people WON'T make the dishes and just want eye candy

The miscellaneous chapters (how to memorize a deck of cards, how to host dinner parties, the key characters of Japanese) are stand-out and useful.

The not-so-good points:

The emphasis on "gear". Yes, cooking demands you be precise in terms of ingredients but why list brand-name spatulas, peelers, cloths and sauce spoons? Is he taking out ads in the book? doesn't really detract, but when you list all these products, it gives the impression that these are vital parts of the cooking. This is not the case for minor kitchen implements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always Tim ferris books are amazing, so much to learn from that man
Published 5 days ago by Daniel Muller
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not what you expect, but surprisingly good
Published 1 month ago by Raelin
1.0 out of 5 stars Gimmicky and NOT WORTH the money.
This is probably the last book the Tim Ferris writes and I must say I did not enjoy it. It was just very gimmicky and there was not much content to it - just many pictures and a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mustafa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by W. D. Adam
1.0 out of 5 stars The only person eating well from this book is Ferriss himself who...
There's no real shortcuts in cooking and no miracles here. The recipes are bland, inaccurate and mostly disappointing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Baseball99
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work.
This book has helped me to get much better at cooking and just more confident in the kitchen. Just the fact that I can chop onions without looking at 300 rpm was worth the price. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jalal
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim is excelent
Tim Ferris books are amazing, you not only learn how to cook, but how to learn new languages, how to learn anything!
Published 5 months ago by Diogo Carlos Marques
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't finished reading it yet but so far so good as expected from...
Big fan of Tim's strategies and life hacks.
My wife's an excellent cook and wanted to learn some tips and trick myself now we can cook together and I can hold my own around... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT in depth look at learning acceleration
This book, (and all Tim's books) are a really good read. Something your gonna want to read over and over again
The amount of information is just incredible. Read more
Published 6 months ago by theEnglishman
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a cookbook that appeals to men
Finally, a cookbook that appeals to men. Tim Ferris is like Jason Bourne crossed with Delia Smith.
There is no other cookbook written in this format. Brilliant!
Published 8 months ago by James Wraith
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