The Ultimate 80/20 Guide To The 4-Hour Chef: Tools, Tricks, Cheats, Summaries and Tables
Each of the product recommendations below are from Tim Ferriss in The 4 Hour Chef. They are organized by chapter for convenience.
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Choose Your Category: Meta Learning | The Domestic | The Wild | The Scientist | The Professional
META is where you’ll learn to mimic the world’s fastest learners. It is possible to become world-class in just about anything in six months or less. Armed with the right framework, you can seemingly perform miracles, whether with Spanish, swimming, or anything in between.
D.S.S.S (DISS) The recipe for learning any skill
C.F.E (Café) Secondary principles that are helpful but not required.
DOM is the mother lode. As you complete 14 core lessons, each taking no more than 20 minutes of prep (for our total of roughly 4 hours), you will learn the principles needed to cook thousands of dishes. Furthermore, “gear” (pots, pans, etc.) is severely restricted and introduced slowly, making costs gradual. As chef Tom Colicchio, famed restaurateur and head judge on Top Chef, has said: almost anyone can become a great cook with unlimited time and budget.
“WILD” is where we step out of the kitchen and, while learning new techniques, connect firsthand with ingredients. On a personal level, how do you go farm-to-plate or field-to-plate? Put another way, do you have what it takes to cope with an extended power outage or a long camping trip? This section is intended to make you uncomfortable. It will force you to question yourself, your limitations, and your beliefs. View it as an exercise.
Amazon Listmania: 4 Hour Chef “Starters”
Amazon Listmania: 4 Hour Chef “Extras”
Starter Pistols and Binoculars
Hunting and Rigging Knives
Amazon Listmania: 4-Hour Chef Tactical Knives
SCI is where we’ll explore the questions “What if?” and “Why not?” Making ice cream in 30 seconds? Hitting 26 restaurants in 24 hours? Eating 15,000 calories in 20 minutes? It’s all nuts, but as the Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.”
In the process of learning about the science of food (without really trying), you’ll also learn tricks for next-generation fat loss. For instance, how can you consume 600% of your normal daily calories without getting fat… or while losing fat? Biochemical sleight of hand, of course. My specialty. Above all, let’s resurrect your childlike curiosity. Embrace the absurd, from forgotten ingredients to spectacular new techniques, and consider it a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure buffet: skip around, pick your favorites, and ignore the rest. Nothing here is mandatory. Go nuts!
The real question is: What makes someone a true “professional” in any field? In other words, what do the best have in common? To answer this, PRO is split into three sections: “Classics”— First, we’ll cover timeless dishes that embody near-universal principles. These are the must-haves you’re missing. It’s also time for the training wheels to come off. There is no more separation of prep and pickup, as you will need to learn to read (and mentally reformat) “standard” recipes after you graduate from this book. “Avant-Garde”— Second, we’ll push the envelope on everything. I mean EVERYTHING. This is a creative rite of passage. “DragonForce Chaconne”— Last, we have the grand finale… a near-impossible recipe. Don’t miss it. It’s a monster.