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The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life Hardcover – 20 Nov 2012
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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
About the Author
TIM FERRISS has been called "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk" by The New York Times. He is one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People" and an early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ other companies. He is also the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, and Tools of Titans. The Observer and other media have named him "the Oprah of audio" due to the influence of his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, which has exceeded 200 million downloads and been selected for "Best of iTunes" three years running.
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But with the 4-Hour Chef, I finally learned about taste, smell and how to use basic ingredient to change the flavour. I've learned about combination and the typical ingredient used for each type of cuisine, by country.
I also now have a bulletproof recipe for the perfect steak. Thank you Tim!
But, the reason I bought the book in the first place is not for cooking, it's to get Tim's method for accelerated learning. It's brilliant and highly valuable. I now use it overtime I want to learn something new. It might not be obvious that it's in there if you don't know about it, but this is something you should not miss!
The 4-Hour Chef is a brilliant book, one that I still refer to for cooking. Whether you want to finally understand cooking or want to understand who you can learn anything much faster or if you want both, give it a go, you won't regret it.
I think tim has got his virtual assistants to work on this book and they haven't done a very good job.
This book covers a lot of things but not in much detail. I would rather have less things covered but in a lot more detail. Otherwise you don't learn anything.
In essence this book is a user manual for the process of learning, just like the "4 hour body" was a user manual for the human body.
As far as cooking itself is concerned, the recipees are simple and easy to make. Division between the cooking itself and getting ready to cook (prep and pickup) is wonderfully demonstrated.
My only gripe with this book so far is that EVERYTHING that I made (though it seemed delicious to me) my wife imediatelly critisised and found simple ways to improove. Usually by adding one or two simple additions to the meals served. Then again, my wife is a wonderfull cook :)
Hope you find this as usefull as I did.