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The 4-Hour Chef



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 best-selling 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, supermodels, and everyone in between, this “cookbook for people who don’t buy cookbooks” is a guide to mastering cooking and life.

To begin, you’ll learn how to:

• Compress 6 months of culinary school into 48 hours (pg. 78)
• Emulate the geniuses behind restaurants like Alinea, ABC Kitchen, Saison, Hearth, Riverpark, and others (example, pg. 498)
• Cook world-class sea bass in a bathroom sink in 20 minutes (pg. 223)
• Use food for seduction, whether on first dates (pg. 186) or 10th anniversaries (example, pg. 234)
• Create amazing cocktails like bacon-infused bourbon (pg. 412) and tequila cigar-foam hot chocolate (pg. 544)
• Cook an epic clambake in a garbage can (pg. 358)
• Get VIP treatment at restaurants and bars (pg. 626)
• Forage a meal from a city park (pg. 298) or catch and eat pigeons (pg. 314)
• Cook without recipes for a lifetime (starting pg. 50)

Following the same blueprint, you’ll also learn how to:
• Speak fluent Spanish in 8 weeks (pg. 40)
• Become a world record holder in tango after 5 months (pg. 60)
• Memorize a deck of cards in less than 60 seconds (pg. 606)
• Lose 20–150 pounds using the the Slow-Carb Diet® (pg. 74)

And that’s just the beginning.

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.

See his latest experiments at www.fourhourblog.com.

Publisher: New Harvest
Hardcover with jacket
672 pages, 9.3 × 7.7 inches
ISBN-13: 978-0-54788-459-2
ISBN-10: 0-54788-459-1
Fall 2012

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