Four Hours to Learn Anything

Monday, November 26, 2012

The annual Zagat survey found that more people are cooking at home than eating out. (Radio Rookies)

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Chef, talks about rapid learning, and how he learned to be a chef in just four hours.


Tim Ferriss

Comments [10]

DeeDee from nyc

He wants to sell the book where people can SEE it, and gives an online retailer the profits.
Everybody wants to go to heaven - nobody wants to die.

Nov. 27 2012 12:09 AM
John from NYC

I prefer the commentary by the author and now bookstore owner Ann Patchett when it comes to a local bookstore. There is so much more offered at any bookstore compared to an online/warehouse experience.

Here is Ms. Patchett's commentary as reported on the

Nov. 26 2012 03:31 PM
Daniel Lanzilotta from CT

Dear Tim

For your information the paradigm has changed. Life still remains unpredictable. What exactly is the good life and what exactly is lifestyle design?

Do you mean that when having the discretionary dollars to buy a 3 million dollar pent house and a natural disaster occurs and your building is rendered useless your lifestyle is impinged upon.

We have created a mythological society of unskilled human beings that can't take care of themselves when the lights are on, never mind when they go off.

There is no such thing as a FOUR HOUR anything. The process to the end result is where the beauty is and where the satisfaction comes.

We produce nothing in this country because we have become a culture of complacent brats. Work and only hard work will give humans a reason of true self worth. Any short cuts will prove to be fatal somewhere along the line.

Destroying the brick and mortar aspect of exchange has proven to be a very damaging to our well being. People need to get up and go somewhere. That somewhere is WORK.

Thank you,
Gray Matters Think Tank
Daniel Lanzilotta

Nov. 26 2012 12:21 PM
John A

His other title shows as "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich". That 1% talk should be popular here (baiting). There is another Tim Ferris (one s) that is famous for some real content - science education shows on PBS. He's got top spot in my head (even) after listening here.

Nov. 26 2012 12:10 PM
hazel merlin from Harlem

Since Amazon is the "publisher" of this cookbook, why should the book cost $15 more in a bookstore? The whole justification for Amazon's low prices is that they eliminate the middleman. In this case, there IS no middleman. So why are they charging bookstores so much to sell the book?

Nov. 26 2012 11:58 AM
Erica Miles from Manhattan

I belong to a book club, and I consistently order my books from Amazon, rather than buying them from brick and mortar stores. I usually get a better price and find it very convenient.

I have even published a book of my own, DAZZLED BY DARKNESS/Seeing Things in Brooklyn with Amazon's own self-publishing company, I feel Amazon publishing is surely the wave of the future.

Nov. 26 2012 11:48 AM
Michelle from NYC

Oh good grief... I'm in the industry. This guy has no idea what he's talking about regarding Amazon, traditional publishing and the small book chains. How many authors can get radio play to promote their book?

Nov. 26 2012 11:48 AM
allen from NYC

See, at first he sounds smart, well meaning and munificent, wanting to help people learn....and THEN he reveals his hubris and egomania with those preposterous claims, demonizing publishers. Why, why, why do all the young, successful smarties sound like such JERKS???

Please, feature an educator on this show!

Nov. 26 2012 11:47 AM
Brick from NYC

Barns N Nobel is swinging the club and intimidating other authors?
Have we lost site of the 900 pound gorilla on the web?
Does this guy know who the David is and who the Goliath is in this case?

We should all stand up for retail stores! Brick and mortar small mom and pops are what made Brooklyn a great place to live in!

Nov. 26 2012 11:44 AM
Andrew from NC

Can vegetarians benefit from this book?

Nov. 26 2012 11:37 AM

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