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The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an audiobook, provided for free by Ferriss himself. It’s clearly a promotional tool, and he leaves out all the recipes and sidebar notes and stuff, so a good portion of the book is not covered here.

I’m aware I’m on shaky ground here if I portray myself as having ‘finished’ this book, but this isn’t about you. I’m writing my impressions here, so an old man like myself doesn’t forget. Technicalities be damned.

This book isn’t about cooking alone, although it does feature quite a lot of that. It’s really about how you can learn a skill quickly, in the shortest possible time. Ferriss covers things like learning a new language, competition level dancing or whatever, about how it’s important to do something that isn’t ‘conventional’ to get to the heart of the matter in learning – something that isn’t learning by rote. There’s an optimized path to learning things, and he lays the framework for doing exactly that.

And he applies that to cooking. There are recipes that accompany pretty interesting stories, so it isn’t outside the realms of possibility that I pick up the actual book to see how things are done. Which is brilliant marketing on Ferriss’s part.

I enjoyed the parts that aren’t hardcore cooking. The anecdotes and the non-cooking stuff had knowledge that I’d like to remember and incorporate in my life. Language learning is something I’d like to do in a couple of years, so the principles should apply.

Now if only I have that damn book to refer to…

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