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The 4-Hour Chef launches and we got exclusives for you

Noah Kagan
Noah Kagan

November 20, 2012

Tim Ferriss' new book is out today and this hungry Sumo is happy

Last night I made Russian Borscht, home made almond milk and some balsamic brussel sprouts. Yum.

Afterwards I snuggled up with my early copy of The 4-Hour Chef by my friend Tim Ferriss.

It's 671 pages and 3.71 pounds of pure beef, err I mean "meat."

Lately, I've been on a cooking binge and this book could not have come at a better time.

It's 1/2 healthy & unique recipes, 1/2 how to learn anything quicker and 1/2 awesome hacks to improve your life. Yes, 150%.

This latest book launches today and I wanted to make sure y'all heard about it.

I've read about 1/8 of my early copy of the book (hey, it's really long). Here's a few things I already like:

  • Making the best jerky in the world.
  • David Blaine's Morning Juice.
  • A breakdown of all the fancy kitchen lingo you never understood before.
  • How to start a fire (I was impressed by this and I'm an Eagle Scout).
  • How to memorize a deck of cards in 43 seconds, the nine knots you must know and the essential spices/kitchen tools you actually need.

If you dislike cooking, this is a great book to improve your learning skills or impress house guests on your coffee table. Otherwise, you can use this book as your weights for the exercises in The 4-Hour Body.

For the Sumo-lings out there that know NOTHING about cooking this will be your bible. For others this will provide you really neat hacks for your cooking arsenal.

I'm a bit surprised The 4 Hour Chef is only $21 with free shipping from Amazon Prime.

I'm proud of Tim and 99.4% confident this new book will also be a best seller.

Since Tim loves all things Japanese and Sumo related, he gave us 2 exclusive chapters:

  1. An inside look at Google Chefs: A behind the scenes of who's who in Google cooking, their favorite cook books and interesting insight into Google's food culture.
  2. A chapter on the effect of Frequency for quicker learning: A detailed example how to learn Spanish in a short amount of time, optimal ways to nap and a complete culinary school training in 48 hours.

These are exclusive to AppSumo, meaning you can't grab these munchies anywhere else. It's also cool since they are in edited format so you can see what a book looks like before it goes to print.

So get your free bonuses and leave a comment with your favorite recipe to make. We can share!


Starts In

The 4 Hour Chef AppSumo Bonuses

  • 21-page pdf inside look at Google Chefs
  • 25-page pdf on the effect of Frequency for quicker learning

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True experiments.

Saves the time for me from doing all the tests myself.

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Pasta a la Norma, with aubergines, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and oregano, and home-made pasta. Great to serve in a sunmer midnight with friends and chilled Feteasca Regala.

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Anton Sepetov
Anton Sepetov

November 20, 2012

Whoa that sounds delicious


May 16, 2013

sounds delicious this pasta recipe, i will try it this weekend.
How come you know Feteasca Regala? Are you Romanian ?

My favorite new recipe sounds a little weird until you try it. (Its a Tim Ferriss thing)

Take a Avocado, cut it in half and remove the stone. Sprinkle salt over and fill the hole the stone left with vinegar( I like apple cider vinegar)

Enjoy the awesomeness.

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November 21, 2012

I've tried this and it IS awesome!


April 15, 2013

Its not really a Tim Ferriss thing, i think i saw it at Jamie Oliver
And we made it at home when i was a little kid, about 30 years ago, (shudder, im getting old).
But i still enjoy it.

The section on SuperMemo should be revised to include the fact that Windows and iOS versions are out. No reason to go out and purchase a Palm device to use SuperMemo.

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Got the bonuses and the kindle version. Good to go. For a recipe. I made this the other day. 1 Zucchini sliced long ways. 1/2 pack Dixie Fry. 5 white cardamom pods. A couple tablespoons grapeseed oil. Heat the oil in a frying pan - medium / medium high. Snip the cardamom pods, strip the seeds out and add to the oil. Fry for a few minutes then remove and grind in a mortar and pestle. Add the ground, roasted cardamom to the Dixie Fry mix. Rinse the Zucchini in water and dip in the Dixie Fry / Cardamom mix and fry. Since they are thin they fry fast. East immediately. Yum.

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The Bonus Material

I enjoy practical/useful "stuff" and the Google chef material included that along with the bios. Nice!

The same for the 20+ page material on frequency and the specific methods of application; it translates to other to-be-learned subjects on my list. Double nice!

p,s. I think that I'll be following AppSumo more closely.

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Yum Yum

Fat Sumo loves food..................................!

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A Plus

AppSumo never disappoints. Great content!

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4 hour chef

Free is always good...........

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Favorite recipe: ancho chile pumpkin pie. SO easy and so much better than regular pumpkin pie.

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Noah Kagan
Noah Kagan

November 21, 2012

Where's the recipe? :)


November 21, 2012

From Sunset magazine (with our notes from making it over the last 3 years):


Pastry for 2 9-inch pies, purchased or homemade (we use purchased)
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 2/3 cups whipping cream
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground dried ancho chiles
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Poke holes in the pie pastry with a fork.
2. Bake pie pastry in a 375° oven until edges are dry and barely golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
3. While the crust is browning, in a large bowl, whisk pumpkin, cream, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, ground chiles, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until smooth.
4. Pour pumpkin mixture into hot pie crust and return pie to oven. Bake until center barely jiggles when shaken, about 45 minutes (we find it usually takes about an hour, but be sure to check at 40 minutes). Cover edges with foil if you don't want them too brown.
5. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack, at least 2 hours. Cut into wedges to serve, or, forego the slicing, grab a fork and some whipped cream and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sorry, but

I must have missed something here. I had to force myself to read it.
And I'm usually open to most anything.
This really seemed pointless.

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Bit trivial

Maybe the whole book is more interesting but I couldn't tell from these (badly formatted) excerpts.

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Pretty useless: give this a pass

The Google Chef document is essentially a list of bios of Google's executive chefs.

The frequency document is an unfinished, unedited draft. It's riddled with the author's notes. And I don't mean useful, illuminating notes, but statements like "add in a graph here" and "put in a pic here".

I guess you get what you pay for?

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Random time waster

Free but it's stolen 15 minutes of time that I could have spent doing something vaguely useful

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Swipe and deliver

So far, excellent. Keep up the good words.
Oh, how to make rice: The slow way. Use brown, basmati, sushi, or jasmine.
Add 1/3 more water than package calls for. Once covered do not lift lid, do not move pan. Cook until no bubbles are visible. Turn off heat. Let stand 15 minutes or longer.
This gives one more than enough time for other activities.

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Read chapter on Google's Chefs. The tenacity with which they approach all areas of organic food sourcing to it's benefits for Google employees is very inspiring. I wish more companies had the same approach.

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Very interesting!

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