Want to sleep only two hours a day (and feel fully rested)? Work less and make more money? Workout less and gain more muscle? Timothy Ferriss, self-help guru and self-promoter extraordinaire—author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body—has you covered.

He also has a new book deal. Thanks to a front page story in today's arts section of The New York Times, booklovers are buzzing about The 4-Hour Chef (to be published in April 2012), not only because the book is almost guaranteed to be a mega-bestseller, but because Ferriss has moved from a traditional publisher (Crown) to Amazon Publishing. Here's an excerpt from the article:

Mr. Ferriss said he had approached Amazon about a book deal. Crown did not get a chance to match the offer because in the writer’s view, it never could have.

“The opportunity to partner with a technology company that is embracing publishing is very different than partnering with a publisher embracing technology,” he said.

According to Publishers Marketplace, Ferriss received a "major" advance, for seven figures.

In his new book, Ferriss will make "the secrets of the culinary arts and nutrition accessible to all via his life-hacking style and teaching readers to cook (and much more) while they gain practical applications of Ferriss's The Slow-Carb Diet."

BookPage interviewed Ferriss when The 4-Hour Body came out, and he elaborated on the Slow-Carb Diet. Here's why he says it's successful:

The Slow-Carb Diet removes the need to think, and offers one day a week to do whatever you want. That one day—a stress release valve that also accelerates fat loss—means you’re not giving up your favorite foods forever, just six days at a time. After testing all the diets and fads, this is the best, most enjoyable approach I’ve found for sustained fat loss. I’ve been doing it for more than five years.

Readers, have Ferriss's previous books convinced you that this author knows his stuff? Will you buy The 4-Hour Chef?

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