The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
“If you crossed Jason Bourne with Julia Child, you’d end up with Tim Ferriss.” – Marco Canora, Chef-Partner of Hearth & Terroir
"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
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.
light, so it will take a lot to reach 40 g. 01 Using an immersion blender, beat it all together until a light, granular soil forms. If you’d prefer a finer powder, you can pass it through a fine-mesh sieve. Serve, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use (up to 1 week). HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN NUTELLA Put 200 g (7 oz) canned hazelnut-praline paste (available at specialty food stores and online) and 100 g (3.5 oz) softened unsalted butter in a deep container and
cutting boards for travel purposes. NONSTICK SAUTÉ PAN BIALETTI AETERNUM 10 ¼ " SAUTÉ PAN $25 This is the pan I use for cooking eggs. Health concerns aside, the environmental effects of Teflon production are horrific. This led me to the gorgeously designed Aeternum, which I saw the man (Jacques Pépin) use once. The interior features a water-based coating made of titanium and suspended silicate microparticles (the main component of glass), one of the most ecological, nondamaging
once a month to prevent warping or bending. If you’d like wood but want a thinner cutting board, teak comes recommended, because it contains tectoquinones, which make it more resistant to moisture than other woods. GARLIC PRESS KUHN RIKON EPICUREAN GARLIC PRESS $38 The Epicurean press does a better job of pressing garlic when you keep the skin on! Read that sentence again—it’s a big deal! No more peeling, no more cutting, no more pain-in-the-ass cleanup of a poorly designed
How about a Mexican-style sweet potato mash with chiles and EVOO (omit the coconut milk), adding lime and cilantro before serving? Delicious. Consider experimenting with unfamiliar foods, like a 50/50 (12 oz/340 g or so each) carrot and rutabaga mash. Use the exact same process, but omit the spices and use 2 T ghee and a glug of EVOO instead of the coconut milk. LESSON 04 SKILLS STAR PEELER, SAUTÉ UNION SQUARE ZUCCHINI + VARIATION: SQUASH PAPPARDELLE - * * * “The
with the occasional off-color joke and Calvin and Hobbes cartoon to keep you interested. The only part I consider mandatory reading, DOMESTIC, is fewer than 150 pages! Skip around and have fun. This book is not the truth, but it contains many truths as I’ve found them, and—even if they’re not your truths—the process I teach can help you find yours. May all of your creations have just the right flavor, and may the joy of discovery be your guide. Pura vida, Tim Ferriss San Francisco,