I guess I thought it was a prank at first.
But nope... it was an honest to goodness email from Tim Ferriss giving away his best-selling book "The 4-hour Chef" for Free!
(You can skip to the link at the bottom of this article to see the email and download the audiobook for free).
Boy was I delighted.
His book is broken into the following areas:
In meta-learning, Ferriss outlines techniques to accelerate learning, often by mimicking the world’s fastest learners to become world-class in a variety of fields in six months or less. Topics covered range from language learning to fire building. This section is further broken down using the acronym “DiSSS”
Selection: "Which 20% of the blocks should I focus on for 80% or more of the outcome I want?"
Sequencing: "In what order should I learn the blocks?"
Stakes: "How do I set up stakes to create real consequences and guarantee I follow the program?"
Dom (The Domestic)
The Domestic section covers the building blocks of cooking. Ferriss cites Pareto’s 80/20 principle to teach 14 core lessons which can be used to create thousands of dishes.
Wild (The Wild)
The Wild section is where Ferriss advocates readers connect directly with ingredients and step out of the kitchen. Examples from the section include “The anti-hunters first hunt”, “How to gut and cook tree rat” (squirrel), and “How to cook over fire.”
Sci (The Scientist)
In The Scientist, Ferriss uses recipes to explain 14 chemical reactions he hopes will give readers a better understanding of food. Examples include dehydration (How to make beef jerky), solvents (How to make bacon infused bourbon), and gels (How to make crunchy bloody marys).
Pro (The Professional)
The Professional section analyzes how the best in the world came to be and builds on the skills learned in previous recipes to create more complex dishes. The section starts by focusing on the success of two restaurants:
Although the bumper music is not to my liking and giving away the audiobook is clearly a strategy to get us to buy the hardback, most of it was very enjoyable.
I particularly found the section on "Wild" to be compelling. Hey, but don't take my word for it -- listen to it yourself.
See Tim's email at the link below: