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. Any plans to roll out an Android version of this? I’ve lost 40 pounds using the stuff in 4-hour Body, and opened my mind to alot of new things. But getting an iPad or iPhone is where I draw the line!


  2. All I want for Christmas is for Tim Ferriss to reply to this comment with where he considers the best place in the world to spend Christmas. :)

    In turn, I will preorder 2 of your books.

    Happy Holidays!


  3. Rates 12+ for “Mild alcohol, tobacco, or drug use or references” and “mild profanity or crude humor” Sounds fun to me!!

    But really Tim? Did you have to have this contest during Xmas? I would be a lot more fun in the New Year. Who diets this time of year?


    • Kris, now is THE BEST time of the year!!!
      Right after the extra pounds from the Thanksgiving feast, something to dive deep into and focus on this fun and healthy challenge.. The result? A better version of you to start fresh an ExtraOrdinary 2012!!! Though your pic already shows a pretty girl ;) Let’s do it!!!!


  4. Im lovin me some 4-Hour diet.
    I really do have a great story for you. I did the diet for 3 mo (and did lose weight). I decided to take a “break” and only lasted 3 days!! I was tired, hungry, miserable. I’m a carb addict no more, and 4HB is my lifestyle now.
    Best to you for the holidays!


  5. As a chef and health enthusiast, I am loving the 4-hour body! Really cool stuff I have always wondered about, but never had the balls to try. Its like optimizing what works and cutting through BS.
    I know its off topic, but obviously your blog is great. What platform do you use? WP, Tumblr?
    Thanks Tim


    • Hi

      I tried to take policosanol for cholesterol and to loose weight after reading 4 hour Body. I felt reved up within 30 minutes. I was so activated, – hyper and felt I was puged into 6000 WT than I could not function until it wear off.

      Policosanol is not only one who has this type of efftect on me. I cannt take anything stimulating in general: god forbid coffee, black tea, any stimulating herbs like Siberian ginseng etc. I cannt take any energy drinks etc. I also cant take anything that is relaxing like potent herbal “calming” teas, – I get different kind of anxiety but feel the same miserable until it wear off. Of course, my doc has nothing more than a blank stare for me..

      Other than this I do not have any illnesses so why I have a such stimulating effect from policisanol? or anything else?

      Any ideas?


  6. Pre-order locked in :) Now to convince a friend that and Ipad loan is before I get my own is the way to go haha. Thanks Tim for your books, as a health fitness nut I have had great fun with the FHB; Damage Control and Geek to Freek experiments underway. Merry Christmas and good luck with the ongoing work on the Four Hour Chef content…the skill of learning new things well and efficiently is invaluable and profoundly important; I can’t wait for the book!!!