This book has captured the essence of the modern Renaissance man, Tim Ferris. His thoughts, thought patterns, styles, and get to the point attitude are fully expressed in this fantastic book.
It could have been titled “What Men Need to Know about Everything;” or “Everything a Women Needs to Get the Perfect Man;” or “The Easy Way To Become The Perfect Chef;” or “The Step by Step Universal Guide to Excellence in Gastronomy;” or “The Guy’s Life Instruction Book;” or “The Man of Men’s Guidebook;” or even “Straight Eye for the Queer Guy.” In other words it is impossible to capture the enormity of this masterpiece in a title, so we’ll have to settle for “The 4-Hour Chef.”
O.K. – You’re thinking that I’m easily distracted by then next biggest thing that comes by. That could not be further from the truth. I could write a large autobiography, non-fictional, novel style book for each of the years of my life starting at age 13. By this I mean that I have experienced more out of each year of my life than 99.9999 percent of the population will experience in their entire lifetime. I know and have experienced many of the things that Tim’s book relay, but I’ve also learned from him the finite details that I’ve missed in my journey.
Young-bound at 57, there is another 57 years left in me, and I plan to continue with vast experiences for each of my years. The 4-hour workweek has shorted many long learning curves, which will allow me to personally experience more of the spirit that life offers.
Thanks go to Tim Ferris, who in his first book The 4-Hour Workweek, allowed many of my wealth building interns (most of my staff) to experience more in their lives, who in turn allowed me to follow their actions and experience even more in my life. I now live that 4-Hour work week life, but much more than that, it has allowed me to expand my horizons allowing me to more fully understand an infinite life-force along with enjoying such pleasures as the art of cooking. The 4-Hour Chef opens up even more epicurean pleasures, allowing me and others to further enjoy more personal frontiers.
The book is not your average book. as you can probably surmise from the possibilities of names in the second paragraph of this article. It covers everything, from stocking your pantry, what appliances and utensils are best, to what gun to use to kill your future meal. It goes into the eye opening details that most chefs never learn or understand, the reasons why to use the particular methods and of course the how. It could be called a hodge-podge of eclectic stuff that pulls you in every different direction, but there is method in the madness as it exposes you to things you would never learn any other way. You can skip through and pic what attracts you the most, or you can read straight through as I did.
Receiving this book within weeks of its publication, I knew that it would put a dent in my average reading schedule of two to three books per week. However the diverse topics that were systematically described in detail and perfectly released to the reader took on the sensation of reading several separate books. Other than some of Tim’s coarse language, this feeling could be compared to the book “The Holy Bible,” which is constructed by 65 separate books, condensed into the one.
As I read the book, I actually began incorporating the methods into my personal kitchen techniques. I was learning so much so fast that the hands on part actually slowed me down. From late November 2012 through to Mid January 2013 reading and practicing the information in this book kept me “high.” I schedule only allowed completing only 1 other book per week. I didn’t care because I was drawn deeper and deeper into Tim’s thick book of over 671 pages (weighing in at over 4 pounds) of methods, photos, and fun.
Although I finished reading the book in mid-January, I didn’t consider it done until I understood one particular part – “Memorizing A Deck Of Cards In 43 Seconds.” That was accomplished this morning. I rolled out of bed at a lazy 9:37 this morning, having enjoyed a couple of beers during “The Who” at their last “Quadrophenia & More” concert in Providence, RI followed by a couple of The Original New York System’s” wieners. Yes so I do drink once in a while, and I do eat not-so-healthy food also. Anyway… I rose from bed with two goals for the day, the second one is writing this article. I grabbed a coffee and tackled the deck of cards. Now after a month and a half of not even opening it, I can officially say that I’ve finished the book. I’ve had a month or so to clear my head…now it’s time to start at the beginning again!
Recommendation: No matter what your sex, what your background is, what your life currently is, you must get a copy of this book and read through it – even if you don’t engage any of the lessons or activities! You will enrich your life like never before…and if you actually read it…it will change your thinking processes, your outlook, and your life. Yes…It will slow you down, and that’s a good thing, as you begin to enjoy life at a different level.