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The 4-Hour Chef by Mind Map: The 4-Hour Chef
5.0 stars - 18 reviews range from 0 to 5

The 4-Hour Chef

Tim Ferris


@tferriss on Twitter, #4hourchef


Blog, RSS

Other Books

The 4-Hour Workweek (2009)

The 4-Hour Body (2010)


One sentence summary: How to use meta-learning to become world-class at anything (including cooking).


How to become world-class in anything in 6 months or less, Not just a cookbook, Learning how to learn, Process of acquiring any skill

672 pages, 1500+ photos, Front Material Sampler, Introduction Sampler, Meta Sampler, Domestic Sampler, Wild Sampler, Scientist Sampler, Pro Sampler


Trailers, Official Trailer (1:13), Overview Trailer (2:58)

Interviews, Leo Babauta I: How to Learn Anything (40:29), Leo Babauta II: On Whether Goals Suck (18:47), Jeff Goins (37:11), Ramit Sethi

Big Think video


24 Skills in 48 Hours

Ed Cooke's (Memory Grand Master) card matrix

Deck Of Cards Challenge (win $10,000)


The 4-Hour Chef Launch

Two success principles

1. Failure points, What are the tipping points for failure?, Identify & overcome failure points

2. Margin of safety, What's the room for error?, Start with excellent recipes/resources

4HC: 5 Parts


The Domestic, Cooking 101, Cooking principles, 14 core lessons, 5-20 mins each

The Wild, The great outdoors

The Scientist, Creative cooking

The Professional, Taking cooking into your own hands

Meta Learning

Tim's framework & strategies for learning anything

Learning is VALUABLE, Learn how to learn

Time is VALUABLE, Learn quickly

Tools of learning are not fixed, nor is the amount of time needed to become world-class

Early years

Inhaling hormones, Short-term memory, Not a sustainable solution

Joyo Kanji, The magic of 1-pager, 1945 of Japanese characters on 1 page, Material beats method, WHAT you study is more important than HOW you study

Michael Phelps vs. Shinji Takeuchi, Seek out the anomalies, the Shinji's

The method

Is the method effective?

Is the method sustainable?

Efficiency: speed determines value


Deconstruction, Exploration, Identify minimal learning units (Lego blocks), Break the whole into pieces, Tools, Reducing, Interviewing, Reversal, Translating

Selection, Focus on 20% of blocks that account for 80% of outcomes, Minimal effective dose (MED), Lowest volume, lowest frequency, fewest changes that get us our desired result, Simple works, complex fails, Choose highest-yield material

Sequencing, Determine order of learning blocks, The ABCs, Layering of skills, Total Immersion swimming lesson, Josh Waitzkin, Start with endgame first, Micro to macro, Learn the concepts, Art of Learning, Value & beauty of learning, Tango dancing, Common among best performers, Start backward, Infrequently taught, Separate implicit from explicit, Personal strengths

Stakes, Set up real consequences, We are terrible at self-discipline, Stickk


Compression, Simplify, Eliminate, Filter, Get the 20% blocks into a 1-pager, Prescriptive One-Pager, Here are the rule, Deductive, Practice One-Pager, Real-world examples, Inductive, ABC: Always be compressing

Frequency, How you do anything is how you will do everything, "Details create success." - John Wooden, "Practice make permanent" - Jeffrey Zurofsky, Learning Process, Sugar high, Immediate drop & low point, Plateau, Inflection point, Fluency, Serial Position Effect: Improved recall with breaks, Primacy effect, Recency effect, Von Restorff Effect, Add unique items for better recall

Encoding, Convert unfamiliar into familiar, Anchor new material to what you know, Mnemonics, Acronyms, Use letters to encode words, Acrostics, Use word to encode letters, Heuristics, Consonant System Mnemonic (Major System), Rules, Encode 0-9 as consonants, Consonants are converted to nouns (by sounds, not spelling), then images, No value: vowels, w, h, y, Combine with Loci System, Peg images to places, Tim's matrix