Andrew Zimmern on Simple Cooking Tricks, Developing TV, and Addiction (#40)

“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you.” – Andrew Zimmern Andrew Zimmern is a world-class chef, television host and producer, writer, and — at the end of the day — teacher. You’ve probably seen his shows Bizarre Foods or Dining with Death. In 2010 and 2013 …

Not-To-Do Lists, Drugs, and Other Productivity Tricks

This is a short post of things you may have missed. First, three short (<15 minutes) podcasts I recently published: The 9 Habits to Stop Now — The Not-To-Do List (iTunes or stream below) Drugs and the Meaning of Life (iTunes or stream below) Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me) (iTunes …

"Productivity" Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)

Write down the 3-5 things — and no more — that are making you most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, to the next, and so on. Most important usually = most uncomfortable, with some chance of rejection or conflict.

Jedi Mind Tricks: How to Get Loved Ones to Lose Weight

Darya Pino Rose, PhD, and her dad, who transformed himself after years of resistance. “Families are like fudge: mostly sweet with a few nuts.” – Anonymous “Language is a means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery.” – Mark Amidon Losing fat yourself is one thing. Readers of this blog have …

The Dangers of Hero Worship: An Open Letter from Ryan Hall

At first glance, this post appear to be about martial arts, as it’s written by Ryan Hall. Ryan is a new friend and a phenom.  He’s IBJJF Mundial (world) and No-Gi Mundial champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), with more than 300 career victories and 275+ submissions to his credit.  Looking past his fight record, this letter …

Food Photography Made Easy — Simple Tricks and Pro Tips from The 4-Hour Chef

A great pic from Christopher Michel of Central Kitchen in San Francisco. The red box indicates how we cropped for pg. 15 of The 4-Hour Chef. Christopher Michel has taken pictures from outer space.  OK, technically, it was aboard a U-2 “Dragon Lady” spy plane at the edge of space.  But still. Best known as …

Opening the Kimono® Event

(Photo: E. Murray) The most frequent question I get is: “How did you hit #1 on The New York Times bestseller list?” Historically, I’ve answered with “That’s a long, long story.” If pressed further, I would explain that I couldn’t go into the details until I hit #1 a second time. Alas, in publishing and …

Jedi Mind Tricks: How to Get $250,000 of Advertising for $10,000

These are not the prices I’m looking for. (Photo: hellochris) Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. -John F. Kennedy In December 2008, well-known marketing consultant John Jantsch asked me what my small business predictions were for 2009. This was my answer: 2009 will be the year for …

9 Tricks for Getting a Table (and Being a VIP) at Hot Restaurants

How do you skip the line and get the corner table? (photo: Thomas Hawk) An evening out should be special, especially if it’s an expensive evening. But too often it’s a disappointment. Does the following scenario sound familiar? After weeks of trying to score a reservation at that new restaurant that just got a great …