The 4-Hour Chef iPad App: iOS from Amazon Publishing? (Plus: Free Roundtrip Anywhere in the World)


Screenshot from The 4-Hour Chef iPad app

The 4-Hour Chef app, first available only on Kindle Fire, is now available for the Appleverse (iPad)! Check it out here.

It’s rated 12+ for “Mild alcohol, tobacco, or drug use or references” and “mild profanity or crude humor.” Fun stuff, in other words. Let me know in the comments what you think of things, and don’t miss the exploding cow. The Android version is coming soon.

Two related notes, one for the book, the other for a free round-trip ticket:

- The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life is 50-80% off for a limited time to encourage pre-orders. You can cancel anytime up to ship date, so there is no downside, only a locked-in discount. Click here for the full book details.

- To spice things up, I’m offering a X-mas present: a free roundtrip anywhere in the world that Star Alliance flies. Here’s how you get it…

- Download the app for free. iPad here or Kindle Fire here.
- Take before measurements (detailed below) and before pictures — front, side, and back — now.
- Follow the “Christmas Countdown” in the app from 12/18 – 12/25. For bonus points, let us know how you’re doing in the comments here.
- Take after photos and measurements after 12/25.
- Post your before-and-afters in the comments here no later than 10pm PST, 12/28/11. Requirement for eligibility: indicate in the first sentence the most valuable thing you learned during the experiment.
- Then we’ll pick a winner, based on the results and reporting.

The usual legalese applies: Void where prohibited, minors not eligible, etc., etc…

For measurements:

1) Weight
2) Take your “before” circumference measurements. Get a simple tape measure and measure four locations: both upper arms (mid- bicep), waist (horizontal at navel), hips (at widest point below waist), and both legs (mid-thigh). Total these numbers to arrive at your Total Inches (TI).
3) If possible, body-fat percentage.

More on The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life

Intended to be “the cookbook for people who don’t buy cookbooks,” The 4-Hour Chef will use food as a vehicle to teach the art and science of meta-learning–the skill of learning skills. Whether you want to learn a new instrument or a new sport (or anything in between), you’ll have a field-tested and research-backed blueprint. In addition to insight from world-class chefs, we’ll have an unreal cast of characters helping you to multiply your learning potential.

For a limited time, to celebrate the announcement, you can pre-order The 4-Hour Chef for 50-80% off. Instead of $30 for print, you can reserve a copy for $15. Instead of $22 for Kindle, you can get it for $5.99.


Why might you buy the physical book, even in addition to the Kindle? Three reasons:

1) It will be gorgeous, a wonderful tactile experience, and truly unlike any cookbook you’ve ever seen.
2) I’ll be thinking up bonuses for people who buy the print edition early.
3) It would really help me out. Inexplicably, The New York Times excludes all advice/how-to books from their e-book bestseller list, so only the print edition counts towards the bestseller list. Silly, but there you have it!

See the full book description, sneak-peek photos, and more here.

Posted on: December 13, 2011.

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188 comments on “The 4-Hour Chef iPad App: iOS from Amazon Publishing? (Plus: Free Roundtrip Anywhere in the World)

  1. Two of my favorite apps for my iphone are “How to Cook Everything” and “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” by Bittman. The apps are clean, with good looking tabs, easy to understand. Bittman does a good job of pushing new information to them all the time, also. I could see this style of app working really well for the Ferriss line. I’m not so impressed with the unofficial Ferriss apps by the way. But if you had something comprehensive for my iphone I’d be first in line.

    I’ve been up and down on the four-hour thing, and there have been times when I put it all away and forgot about it – but here’s the thing: when I was into it, I set Tim’s tweets to text me. That was key.

    Frustratingly, I got so much value out of Tim’s twitter feed that even when I was like “if I hear the word ‘Tim’ or ‘Ferriss’ – even if it’s in relation to ‘wheel’ – one more time I’m gonna punch a window”… I couldn’t bring myself to undo that tweet-to-text thing.

    So I kept getting those wide-ranging, extremely valuable bits, and of course at some point something’s going to get me back.

    Recently I had a breakthrough, mentally, about tracking, and I’m going to give it another shot. I was against tracking because it’s just never worked for me before and may have even been a detriment. And especially when we start talking about thousands of dollars to track stuff… and a lot of it just feels meaningless… But… anyway I won’t go into more but I had an amazing moment where I realized that maybe I could make it work, on a recent road trip to Utah. I’m about the most unsuccessful diet/fitness person who ever lived, but something new happened that makes me curious as hell to try again.

    Anyway I’d love to have something dedicated to the iphone because I think that it would grow into something massively useful. I’m an iphone guy. I’m a writer and have written massive portions of two screenplays on my phone, as well as stories, essays, plans, etc. I’m big on this ‘iphoneography’ thing, I shoot and edit and even process video on it – it’s with me everywhere. I got my daughter an ipad but I just don’t like it the same way. If not for the iphone I would probably have shelved 4hbody and never looked back when I didn’t have great results the first time.


  2. Hello,
    I had success with the slow carb diet and feel great…. but now i read about the paleo diet and how any grains at all are bad for you. Should i still have a cheat day and eat grains even though they damage the gut? Or should i just eat paleo with zero grains period??? (im currently on lent and am not eating any grains anyway but would love some good answeres)