I’ve been a fan of Timothy Ferriss ever since he published The 4-Hour Work Week back in 2007, and while I can understand why he might not be to everyone’s taste, his books do actually make you stop and think about things that you may have been taking granted for years; that can never be a bad thing.
If you’re not familiar with him he is an author and speaker specialising in outsourcing, automation and short cutting “life hacks” that help increase productivity and speed up learning, sometimes dramatically so.
I knew already that Ferriss is a Bond fan, or at least a fan of Casino Royale, following an interview I saw with him a year or so ago but I was amused to see two Bond related items in his latest book, The 4-Hour Chef, which I received for Christmas.
The first of these is Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf by Ben Hogan, which I mentioned in a previous article about James Bond’s library and Ferriss describes as “the most perfect how-to book I’ve ever read”.
That both Ian Fleming and Ferriss mentioned it half a century apart is testament to the quality of its lessons.
The second item is the Chemex coffee maker, mentioned on From Russia, With Love and discussed on this site previously, which Ferriss highly recommends for brewing coffee although it is beaten (in his opinion) by the more modern AeroPress.