The 4-Hour Chef

posted on: Thursday, 23 January 2014

Tim Ferriss's new book is heavier than a baby and over 600 pages long and...really good

Ahhh Rosemary tea

Garden guilt no more: the mountainous rosemary bush

I was watching a video of Tim Ferriss being interviewed about his new book, The 4-Hour Chef. And in a nutshell - the video is done over a few glasses of red wine and - he gets totally boozed by the end. Hilarious. But, not before saying enough interesting things that I went and got his book the very next day.

While it is a book about going from zero to master in the kitchen, it's actually more about learning. He extensively covers the best techniques you can use to learn anything that you think is beyond you. My favourite tips aren't even food related. He talks about Minimum Effective Doses that he's researched for a range of different fields. In normal-speak, that's the least you can do to get the best result. For example, for women's weight loss it appeared to be doing 5 minutes of kettlebell training three times a week, for men's weight loss it was eating 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up (tested on his Dad) and for language learning it was learning the top 100 most used words and 12 common sentence structures. Hopefully this improves my amateur Spanish.

As an aside, he talks about drinking rosemary-infused tea throughout the book. I'd been feeling guilty about the mountains of rosemary in my garden that I was not using. I tested out the tea - simply steep a sprig of rosemary in hot water for 10 minutes and voila! It tastes amazing. If you want instruction on how to go from burning toast to creating gels, emulsions and foams molecular-gastronomy style or  how to master anything that has been frustrating you, check this book out. 

BTW, have you read Creative Genius?

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