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Tim Ferriss Interview on The 4-Hour Chef

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Tim Ferriss’ new book The 4-Hour Chef is now out.   I had the pleasure of talking with Tim Ferriss about his new book.

The 4-Hour Chef is more than a cookbook — it’s a cookbook for life.

As you may know, Tim Ferriss it the best-selling author of The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour BodyThe 4-Hour Chef is along the same lines, but now Tim takes things to a new level and a new domain.  The subtitle of The 4-Hour Chef says it all: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.  The book is really about learning how to learn anything more effectively, and how to savor your life, a bite a time, a meal at a time, or an experience at a time.

Learning how to cook is a great scenario for the book because it’s something we can easily relate to and apply in our everyday life.  Cooking is a topic that can be potentially intimidating or overwhelming, and Tim shows you how to chop it down to size, which is one of the keys to learning faster and more effectively.  Along the way, you learn how to truly taste your food, maybe even for the first time, and in turn, your life.   It’s about living your life in a high-definition way.

The 4-Hour Chef is also full of surprising insights.  One of the things that surprised me the most is the minimum number of tools you need on hand in the kitchen to make some of the greatest meals on Earth. (It’s smaller than you might think.)

In the interview, I ask Tim five questions:

  1. What is the story you use the most? (we all have them, the favorite story that we use to illustrate our core messages.)
  2. What’s one great technique that people can use to instantly change the quality of their life?
  3. What did you learn that surprised you in making the 4-hour chef?
  4. How do you make time, when you absolutely don’t have time?
  5. What is a simple way that anyone can start to experiment more with their life style?

I really wanted the readers of Sources of Insight to get some insight that you could use today.

Enjoy the interview.

Right click to download the Interview with Tim Ferris (MP3)

10 Comments on "Tim Ferriss Interview on The 4-Hour Chef"

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  1. Clay says:

    Thank you for sharing this, lots of great insight in this interview. I can’t wait to get a chance to read the book!

  2. Olivier says:

    I listened to the podcast and read some reviews on this book and I’m not going to read it. From these I think there ins’t really anything he talks about in his book that would not generate a “duh” moment for people coming like me from cultures in which cooking is just natural (think China, India, Southern-Europe…).

    Of course you don’t need tons of equipement to cook, of course your set of pots if used (so are your knives), of course cooking is not intimidating, of course cooking in the evening does not need to take lots of time, etc.

    I did read his 4-weeks work-week and, honestly, most of its content was either a “re” of (for instance) the concepts you already talk about J.D. (prioritization, top items for the day, week, month; energy management, etc) and/or were not applicable to most people’s job. Yes if you’re a free lance consultant or book writer this can work. But not for the layman corporate employee.

  3. Hilary says:

    Hi JD .. what a great interview – and thanks for giving us such a valuable audio here on the blog – which we can dip into as and when we feel like it.

    I enjoyed your chat and it was fun hearing your voice! I’ve seen a few posts on his book … and will keep an eye open for it … unless it doesn’t hit the shelves as such …

    The story to illustrate our objective is an essential component of our entrepreneurial skills …

    Thanks very much – I’ll be back to re-read and listen to it .. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family today … cheers Hilary

  4. Vey inspiring!Thanks a milion.

  5. JD says:

    @ Clay — I really enjoyed talking with Tim. He drives a lot of things from data, so his insights can be surprising.

    @ Olivier — It’s not really about cooking — it’s a book about rapid learning (so be careful not to judge a book by its title.)

    What I like most in the book is the surprising data. There are lots of data points and distinctions that can help with anything from learning a new language to learning how to swim most effectively.

    @ Hilary — What’s really refreshing about the book is that it’s thick and dense. It’s great to read something that really has a lot of insights and actionable things to do, from cover to cover.

    @ Siddartha — I think Tim has a way to boil impossible down to the possible … he exposes “how the magic trick was done.”

  6. Karl Staib says:

    I love how Tim Ferris explained his 80/20 analysis technique. I need to apply this technique this Friday. Great interview JD. I love how quick and to the point it was. I didn’t feel like I had to waste my time to get to the good stuff. :)

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