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Cultural figure Timothy Ferriss, best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workout and The 4-Hour Body, presents a voluminous, episodic, 671-page guide to lifestyle, food preparation, diet, weight loss, chopping vegetables, living in the wild, killing chickens, hunting and much more. He packages his concepts as a large-format camping primer and cookbook – with hundreds of recipes – presented in a riot of colors, fonts and layouts that mimic webpages. If you had a quiet month, you could read it from cover to cover, though it’s hard to believe anyone managed that feat. Ferriss doesn’t deal in gray areas. He’s absolutely assertive about every idea, and he shares thousands. As he gets into outdoor living, he doesn’t shy away from being gory, graphic or shocking. And, he offers a crucial caveat about his diet advice: “each individual situation is unique” so consult your doctor before using his ideas, which as he says just add to the mountain of nutritional counsel. While never giving medical advice, getAbstract recommends his madcap approach to anyone who wants to eat more healthily, lose weight, gain conditioning, and pick up new nutritional habits as well as random wilderness skills and the ability to memorize the order of a deck of cards. Killing chickens is optional. And if this compendium’s bloody or scandalizing bits upset you, look away. You’ll likely find something useful on the next page.

In this book, you will learn

  • What common kitchen errors to avoid,
  • How to follow the Slow Carb Diet,
  • How to build a perfect fire,
  • What basic ingredients to have in your pantry,
  • How to improve your kitchen knife skills and
  • How make pancakes with acorns.
 

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About the Author

Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People,” one of Forbes’s “Names You Need to Know,” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/adviser and the author of the best-selling books The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which has exceeded 150 million downloads and has been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running.

 

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