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on December 4, 2012
Another home run, Tim, awesome job! Can a cookbook change your life? This is as close as it gets. Keep 'em coming, Tim.
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on December 4, 2012
I pre-ordered this book because I really enjoyed the previous 2. And 4 hour Chef has surpassed my expectation! I am no-where near complete just yet (although I have bitten off a sizeable chunk thus far.) Can't wait to start cooking again, and keeping it simple. I love that Tim has uncovered the fact that the true professionals have mastered the fundamentals. To create a 1-page document that covers the rules (the basics) of any skill demonstrates true mastery. If you understand, you can explain it simply. If a so-called 'master' gives a complicated approach to what they do, they have not mastered or fully understood what it is that they do.

Why the 4-star rating you say?

(besides, in doing Amazon research, the 1 and 5 star ratings are a write-off anyways, right?)

I felt certain sections so far were a bit of a tangent. I know you demonstrate you point with examples, yet as I would get sunk into an example, next, i would get pulled back into the original task at hand. The book can also be read non-linear as well (which I do enjoy as well) so perhaps I should create a game-plan of what it is exactly I would like to pull from the book.

All in all, keep writing Tim. Actually, keep living and experimenting. As you create more content, you writing style could suck (it doesn't) and you would still add tremendous value to everyone who reads and applies what you teach.

Your experience and exploits are a constant reminder for me to keep living and pursuing my dreams. For that, I thank you.
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on December 4, 2012
If you've ever read Tim Ferris's other works then you know his books don't follow the straightest line from A to B. On that note, if you like immersing storytelling throw in with your cooking lessons(among other things), then you'll definitely enjoy this book.
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on December 4, 2012
I must confess unloved the book before I cracked the spine. Who else could right how to books that you look forward to like a Serial trilogy?

And boy did it deliver. Only 2/3 through and I have memorized pi to 20 places, cooked 4 outstanding dishes, butchered my own chicken (the difference in the cost of organic pieces to butchering paid for the book) and I learned to shoot a three pointer.

How many cook books can say that?
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on December 4, 2012
This is going to be a short & sweet review. I pre-ordered the book almost a year ago from Amazon and I have not been disappointed since I received it on launch day.
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on December 4, 2012
I consider myself a moderately experienced home cook (much of the initial advice is unneeded), but still learned a great deal from this book. Tim isn't just a social media marvel - he really does a great job of helping you to expand the way you think.
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I'll admit I have been reading Tim since the Four Hour Workweek. With that said, I enjoyed this book more than the Four Hour Body. It may be because I have more interest in cooking than fitness... (Eating well is living well!) Or it may be because it seems every time I develop an interest in something Tim somehow publishes some article relating to it. (survival section? OK!) Whatever the reason, from the "how to gut a deer" section to the powdered Nutella (which I did make), this book held my complete interest. I love how it reads like a magazine. Visually stunning is cliche but accurate.
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on December 4, 2012
A bit overwhelming at first, but take the time to read the first chapters. I picked this up not to learn to cook but to learn a new way of learning anything. Still challenged on how to apply the methodology to other areas but it is a quantum leap in a whole different direction, and shifting my paradigms will take some time and practice.
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on December 4, 2012
I bought 3 copies. It's the only book I will give as a present and keep a copy. GREAT WORK!
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on December 4, 2012
This is the third book I've purchased from Tim Ferriss. Enjoyed the other two but I have been really waiting for this one. I love to cook and I wanted to see if Tim could bring something new to the table (hehe). I was not disappointed. Funny, informational and a different view from the normal cookbook stuff that's available all over. The book is huge and it's packed with such detail, lists, suggestions and really interesting ideas. A lot of work was clearly put into the writing of the book and 4 Hour Chef was the result. Excellent! I'm only on page 800ish and I have so many notes of things to try. I bought it for my nook (downloaded it from Amazon and converted it for the nook). Great book!
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