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Too much cooking, not enough meta learning
on 12 January 2013
In a nutshell: Get it if you want to cook. If you're not interested in cooking then maybe think twice.
This book is interesting in places, however not what I was expecting after reading The Four Hour Work Week (probably my favourite book of all) and The Four Hour Body, both of which I loved. I've watched hundreds of YouTube videos with Tim and a similar number of blog posts (yes I'm a sado!). I'm a big fan of him and so I really wanted to like this book and bought it as soon as I could.
The meta learning part is interesting and I highlighted a number of tips and quotes which I thought would be useful or inspiring. This aspect was why I purchased the book and it was much, much shorter than I expected. I wrongly assumed, and perhaps this is my fault due to not reading much about the book, that this book would primarily be about learning new things and thinking differently and less about cooking. I thought the cooking would just be the vehicle to teach and it's actually more of a cook book. Different cooking maybe but cooking nonetheless and not so much general meta learning.
I'm sure that food lovers and wannabe food lovers will thoroughly enjoy this book and for them I wholly recommend it, but if you're like me and bought the book because of the last two titles from Tim and are interesting in the meta learning side of things, I would just spend a day reading Tim's blog and save money.
Kindle Note - If you read on a black and white kindle then you do miss out on a lot of colour images. If the cooking side interests you, I'd recommend getting the paper copy unless you have a fire.