A startling example of how crazy things have gotten across the pond, but The Blaze is reporting that European publishers have removed all references of guns, knives, hunting, fishing from best-selling author Tim Ferriss’s cook book, “The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.”
Apparently, the publishers find the section titled “The Wild,” which contains many the hunting and fishing tips and stories, too extreme for a European audience.
Obviously, Ferriss is not pleased that an essential element of his book is about to get stripped away.
“It’s a philosophical and practical reality check, complete with tools, that is intended to make readers more conscious and appreciative of their daily choices,” Ferriss told The Blaze. “To remove it from the book is to rob readers of one of the greatest gifts you could give them: becoming more awake.”
“I think it’s important for people to understand where their food comes from. For me, this meant becoming a hunter while writing ‘The 4-Hour Chef’ so that I could use my own hands (and accept the responsibility) for killing or foraging my meals. It’s an amazing education, and I think many of society’s ills could be cured if more people were required to experience this, even for a day. It makes you both more conscious and more capable. Most people think, as I did for a long time, that hunters are uneducated killers fueled by blood lust and beer. That’s the unfair picture that media tend to paint. I learned to dig deeper. Of course, there are some people who fit this description, but there are many I’ve met like Steve Rinella — responsible, piercingly intelligent, ethical hunters who eat what they kill and who understand the subtleties of nature, including preserving the ecosystems around us.”
At the end of the day Ferriss said, the more we “kowtow to political correctness on these topics, the more we ignore the inevitable cycles of life and death related to food” and “the more we ignore problems that need fixing.”
It’s a bummer that European publishers want to cut 80+ pgs from the WILD section of The 4-Hour Chef. Anything with knives, guns, or hunting.
— Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) October 23, 2014