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If you're at all interested in cooking or food (and even if you aren't), you need to read this book,
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This review is from: The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life (Hardcover)
I read an advance copy of the book. My overall assessment is simple: if you're at all interested in cooking, it's impossible to imagine you *not* getting massive value out of this masterpiece, far beyond whatever you paid for it.
And honestly, even if you're not that interested in cooking, it's still going to rock you, if you start getting into it. It's "the book about cooking for people who aren't that interested in cooking." Which is probably a large part of Tim's audience--people (like me) who just aren't naturally that interested in cooking. For me, that all changed, reading this book.
Part of what Tim does in this book is get you to see how cooking real, delicious, healthy, accomplished, and even seductive meals, could be a part of your daily or at least weekly life, even if you're just not that keen on the idea. And without much expenditure of time. He's a master persuader, and this time, he has trained his persuasion skills onto persuading the I-don't-have-time-to-cook-and-I-don't-want-to-anyway person (aka, me, and much of America), that in fact, real cooking is within our realm, with not that much effort or time.
Tim's persuasion in the book consists, surprise surprise, in applying his famous 80/20 principle, which he has applied to endeavors as diverse as tango dancing, running a business, and learning a language. This time, he applies the same proven thought-process, taking the kitchen as his object. He shows you to get 80% of the value of being a master chef, with 20% of the effort. This 80/20 methodology is Tim's speciality, and he delivers as promised here.
Flipping through the book, it's impossible to avoid the conclusion that he put an *insane* amount of work into it. Like years and years worth of obsessive research. It's evident on every page. Which means, we don't have to do that work ourselves. For the price of a book, we get the benefit of all that obsession, distilled down to only the most actionable and valuable nuggets we can actually use.
This book is no doubt going to be a bestseller, which means, hundreds of thousands or millions of people will now be exposed and inspired by the idea that real, satisfying, low-stress cooking is available at home, for not that much time or money. If only a percentage of readers take this message to heart and act, there could be real shifts in the food culture of America. After years of take-out mediocrity for lunch and dinner among the middle class and even the upper class, we may just be on the verge of a home-cooked revolution which will have positive implications on health for millions. If that happens, it will all stem from this wise, iconoclastic book with its elegantly persuasive, over-the-top impressive, actionable content.
There's just no way this book could disappoint you if you're curious about cooking (for health, taste, convenience, weight loss, or for any other goal. Tim's tour de force here is to traditional cookbooks what a MacBook Air is to a typewriter. Avalable for the price of a book.
I recommend buying the hardcover over the Kindle, as the book is rich with lush illustrations through out. It's an elegantly laid-out, colorful book which is best appreciated in hardcover.