The 4 Hour Chef is a really catchy title, which immediately makes you think that you can learn to be a chef in 4 hours, but the books is not about that. More on this later.
It’s Tim Ferriss’ latest best selling book. It has 14 carefully chosen meals each using only 4 ingedients and they all take just 5-20 minutes to prepare. If that has not grabbed you yet, each of those meals are compliant with a Slow Carb diet or even a Paleo diet.
Besides being a recipe book it has also been used by some people as a diet book. Some people who have been following this way of eating have lost 20 lbs in a month from just following these recipes and not even thinking about a diet. Well I don’t have 20 lbs to lose but maybe 10 lbs, then I can fit into those model sized sample dresses.
So what this book is really about is Meta Learning where you learn to mimic the world’s fastest learner and in his own words, “a choose your own adventure book”. He says that he has crammed in 6 months worth of culinary school learning into 48 hours. A total of 4 hours is needed to cook all the 14 dishes and with the skill and knowledge gained, this gives you the basis to tackle thousands of other recipes. All of the recipes are designed so that you don’t need a lot of fancy kitchen equipment and can be done on a low budget.
This book is not about cooking, it’s about mastering life. So armed with the skills learnt using cooking as the skill to learn, I can apply that to meta learn anything like how to speak fluent Spanish in 8 weeks.
I was just so intrigued to try out the recipes so I picked this one : The Osso “Buko” a play on the famous Italian Osso Bucco made with veal shanks. In his recipe which you can see here, he uses lamb shanks.
I like recipes like this, minimal fuss, easy to prepare and quite tasty too. I’ll be trying a few of this other recipes soon.
You can get The 4 Hour Chef book from Amazon. You can watch his official book trailer in this video: