The 4-Hour Chef – Samples from All Sections (Plus: $5 Amazon Gift Cards)


Thanksgiving 2011–Darya Pino of Summer Tomato, chowing down at my house. Food = Love.

I can’t wait for launch! Less than 48 hours away…

To whet your appetite, here are sample pages from every section of The 4-Hour Chef.  The PDFs are far prettier (and from the book), but the blog posts may load faster:

Front Matter:  (PDFblog post)
Introduction:  (PDFblog post)
Meta-Learning:  (PDFblog post)
The Domestic:  (PDFblog post)
The Wild:  (PDFblog post)
The Scientist:  (PDFblog post)
The Professional:  (PDFblog post)

There is also a soundtrack (yes, a soundtrack) for The 4-Hour Chef. Here are the 29 songs.

Want a $5 Amazon Gift Card?

Good news: if you already bought a print copy of The 4-Hour Chef, you’ll be getting a $5 Amazon Gift Card! This brings the effective cost from $21 down to $16. That’s more than 50% off the $35 cover price!

Until tomorrow (Monday, November 19th) at 11:59 p.m. PST, Amazon is offering a $5 gift card to anyone who orders the hardcover edition of The 4-Hour Chef. Find all the details, fine print, and naked pictures of me here. Just kidding on the naked pics.

What else might Amazon be up to this week? Hmmm… How about full-page ads in People Magazine and bus wraps in NYC? That’s just the tip of the iceberg…

Second Printing and Errata

“Errata” is a fancy way of saying corrections in a book or article. The 4-Hour Chef is going into a second printing, and here are a few screw-ups we caught and are fixing:

p. 472: Tanya Harding should be Tonya Harding

p. 500 (2nd to last line): eying should be eyeing

p. 505
Under Technology, (left-hand column, second line from the bottom), the sentence should read “It has a surface that can be lowered to -30ºF.” Currently it reads “45ºF.

p. 573: Correct spelling of Liechtenstein in the shorthand recipes.
p. 606: In the quote attribution at the top of the page, correct the spelling of Rain Man–should be two words.

page 56: 12O+ lbs should be 120+lbs [changing the O to a zero]
page 192: The words “Pickup 13″ have been removed from image
page 220: Re-labeling images for the correct order [the C and D should be swapped]


[in each of the following cases, 455g is listed as the equivalent to 1lb. The should be fixed to 454g]
page 484: 455 g to 454 g (in chart and in text)
page 534: 455 g to 454 g (in chart and in text)
page 538: 455 g to 454 g (in chart and in text)


Tonya Harding AND Rain Man in a cookbook?  Oh, yes.  Not to mention Calvin & Hobbes and Alessandra Ambrosio, too…

Posted on: November 17, 2012.

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71 comments on “The 4-Hour Chef – Samples from All Sections (Plus: $5 Amazon Gift Cards)

  1. I just purchased two copies of the book, right before you put this post up. Will amazing be issuing gift cards to me, or am I better off, canceling and then re-ordering?


  2. Poem about Tim!

    There was a young man named Tim Ferris
    Who wanted job hours just the rarest.
    Man wrote a bestseller book
    With a Four Hour hook,
    And now he deals with the fairest.

    Disclaimer: Fairest is used in the old timey sense of beauty, not race!

    Tim I would like to help get your books into as many hands as possible, but am not sure quite how to do that. Already gave everyone copy of 4 Hour Workweek. Am currently working on petition to Repeal the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at

    Loved reading of the Stoics and my mom and I are trying the 30 day criticism challenge. Go Tim!

    Kyle Munroe


  3. I ordered my copy on the 12th on and just chatted with the customer service. German customers will also get the gift card about 5€ via email. Thats the good news. Sad point is that I have to wait maybe 4 – 6 weeks longer since there is a slight delay in the delivery chain. The customer service agent wasn’t able to verify the correct shipping date, so I will get a update as soon as my order is ready. Gee 4 – 6 weeks…maybe I just order additional copies from and use express shipment from the US to Germany and beat amazon at their own game…just for the fun of it and because I am highly impatient (wonder whose fault is that…superior book marketing skills at work…there is one name which comes to mind)


  4. Hi Tim,

    I pre-ordered 4HC two days ago on Amazon Germany for 26,90 € (thats the full 35$ price) and wanted to ask whether we get a discount/gift card here as well?

    Best regards,


  5. Spine cracking while getting straight

    The many levels I’m being aware of are unprecedented (in my own experience) sometimes I (and guess almost everyone) has a deep vortex swirling desire of connecting and getting across life with all their beings for a specific reason that binds us and integrates from and through the center of our core, this wrapped in skin existence has experienced a couple of these magnificent catharses.

    My own desires have been (and guess others’ not) just hallucinations from a poor local sorrounding environment that ended up digging a mythical hereditary lied grotesque forgotten bagagge path that had every reasonable idea for hope burried. Dead.

    I (hope others too) have managed to discern and get face to face, eye to eye… I’ll stop here for now. Anyway: a deep vortex swirling desire of connecting and getting across life with all their beings for a specific reason that binds us and integrates from and through the center of our core ,sans the lie.

    This time I’m feeling like a happy boy playing in a in-re-creation fortress’ backyard, having the right feeling and the correct meaning, y’all leaving a FLASHING neon light on top of that open porch door leading to the first ever never ever land?!?!?!


    (Deep re(not)lie.ving breath)


  6. Any gift card love for those who pre-ordered from

    We already had to pay almost $5 more even though our currency is at par with the USD…


  7. Looking forward to receiving my pre-order copy :)

    Your book launches always fascinate me and there is so much learning in just this launch itself. Thanks for bringing something new to the publishing industry. Very refreshing.