The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good LifeHardback
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- Publisher: New Harvest
- Format: Hardback | 672 pages
- Dimensions: 203mm x 246mm x 48mm | 1,678g
- Publication date: 20 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0547884591
- ISBN 13: 9780547884592
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 4,536
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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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.
By Valentin Simeonov 29 Dec 2012
The start of the book was promising. I have always been interested in fast learning, so I thought it might be worthy. Well it is not. Let me explain.
1. He says he learned N languages, but never defined what is a learned language. For me it is at least B2 level (I've learned 4 foreign languages myself). However, from the writings of Mr. Ferris I understand that his targets are significantly lower. Something like to tell that you have learned Taekwon Do and it fact you have obtained an yellow belt. Yes, you will be hundred times better than the average human, who never entered in a dojang. Having in mind that Taekwon Do penetratation is less than 5% (probably less than 1%) with 3 months of training you are in the top 5% in the World. Great, but at the bottom 1% of those who actually practice. This is far from learned and extremely far from mastered.
2. Another thing is the time needed for learning. When he says he needed 3 months to learn German it is a non-sens beacause it doesn't tell (1) The level (certified?) and (2) The time spent. Three months of full time learning is one thing and 3 months of getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning to have 2 hours before your kids wake up is another thing.
3. Promote fast learning with a book of 600+ pages, come oooon ... and there is even more - it is for cooking, that millions of people simply do every day. And I ensure you that my wife thinks life is beautiful every time I cook. There is one thing missed. The reason why there are more kebaps and fast-food instead of fine gourmet restaurant is not the skills of the chef. It is the fact that people do need more sandwiches than black caviar.
However, I agree for few points:
1. Learning the basics of anything you do makes the fun better. Even you have no intention to play frequently bowling, learning the basics is fun and gives you more fun for the occasional games with co-workers or dates. For example, I practice learning the basics of a foreign language whenever I travel to a country, where people speak a language that I don't know. But with basics I mean basics (similar to the 12 sentence practice of Mr. Ferris), and not boasting after that I have learned that language.
2. I agree that when you practice something you should not always listen to those with more experience than you. You should try other approaches. But this doesn't guarantee success (as could be assumed from this book). One time it will be a failure, another could be a success. But you don't need to buy the overpriced book of Mr. Ferris to learn this. It is enough to google "Siddharta Buddha".
In a conclusion, a book that tells you how to be average to good in anything (a little more on cooking). But beeing good in many areas is quite easy. To be the best in one is difficult. The length of the book contradicts the idea. With that idea I would say 150 pages is the very maximum.
"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 "