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New World Cooking Guide


The cooking profession in New World allows players to craft foods that regenerate health and mana, increase their attribute points, increase their luck while gathering, and increase their max gear score for an applicable trade while crafting. In our New World Cooking Guide, We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about cooking in New World.

Cooking in New World

In order to get started cooking you simply need to gather some cooking ingredients, make your way over to a kitchen or campfire, and press the default key of “E” to begin crafting. Cooking at a campfire is limited to recovery foods and fishing bait. You can not craft any attribute food, trade food, or dyes at a camp. 

Also important to note is the tier of the kitchen you are using. You will be limited to cooking items of the same tier as the crafting station you are using. So, in order to craft end-game Tier V food, you will need to find a Tier V Kitchen. Health and Mana foods, such as Hearty Meals do not require an upgraded Kitchen.

Once you’re at the crafting station select the item you wish to craft and if you have the necessary ingredients then you will simply select the blue CRAFT button, or use the slider to craft multiple of the same item if you wish. 

Every time you cook an item you will be rewarded with cooking experience. As your cooking experience increases so will your cooking level. Cooking is capped at level 200. As you progress in cooking level you will be able to cook higher-tier food. 


When first starting out make sure you pay attention to the drop-down menus for food. The game will default certain ingredients for your recovery foods and food components. You can select from a vast array of ingredients to craft those foods, and some of the ingredients are MUCH easier to come by than others. Be careful not to use rare ingredients that were selected by default when crafting your low-tier food. 

Selecting rarer ingredients does not enhance your lower-tier food. If you utilize higher-tier ingredients for the “Raw Foods” Option you will have a chance to craft additional items, but the quality of the food does not change. 

A quick note about the UI. You may notice that while cooking there is a message that says “No bonus can be added to this item.” That area is reserved for other crafting professions. For example, if you use an Arcana station you will be able to apply special resources that will cause your crafted item to have a specific perk, and you can craft using Azoth which will increase the chances of your item having attributes and gem slots. Because the consumables you craft with cooking do not have attributes or perks, you do not have those options available.

Different Types of Foods and Buffs

Food in New World is broken down into 4 different categories. Each category of food ranges from Tier 1 to Tier 5 (You can view all foods and their buffs in our database):

  • Recovery Foods
  • Attribute Foods
  • Trade Skill Foods
  • Food Components

Recovery Foods are used to recover both health and mana. Health Recovery foods will allow you to recover X amount of health (the higher tier food the more health you will recover) per second for 20 seconds, but the recovery will stop if damage is taken. Afterward, you will recover 1% of your health every 2.5 seconds for X minutes (the higher tier food the longer the duration). 

Mana recovery foods are called “Energizing” rations or meals. This type of food will grant you an increased mana regeneration rate by X% (the higher tier food the higher the regeneration rate) for X minutes (the higher tier food the longer the duration).  

You will have, by default, the recipes to craft all 5 tiers of both types of recovery food beginning at level 1. However, in order to craft the tier 5 recovery food, you must work your way up to 150 cooking.

Attribute Foods are broken down into the following:

  • Strength Foods
  • Dexterity Foods
  • Intelligence Foods
  • Focus Foods
  • Constitution Foods

Attribute foods will increase the specified attribute for a specified duration of time depending on the tier of food your craft. These foods also grant you health recovery while the food buff is active. 

You will only have access to tier II versions of these foods by default. You will have to find recipes for the remaining tiers (more on that below). 

Within each of the categories, you can craft a pure attribute food or a combination attribute food. For example, if you want additional strength attribute points you can craft the tier 2 pork chops and applesauce to get 10 additional strength attribute points for 25 minutes. 

You could also craft a combination of strength and constitution by crafting Cheesy Broccoli Soup. This would increase your strength by 6 and your constitution by 4 for 25 minutes. 

The other attribute foods follow this same pattern. Whatever attribute food you are crafting will always have that attribute as the primary attribute, and then depending on the food you craft could have another secondary attribute as well. 

Trade skill foods are broken down into both crafting and gathering foods. For each gathering profession you can craft a food that will increase your luck by a specified amount, and for each crafting profession that has associated gear scores you can craft a food that will increase your minimum and maximum gear score for crafted items for a specified amount of time. This applies to the following:

  • Weaponsmithing
  • Jewelcrafting
  • Engineering
  • Arcana
  • Armoring

The last category of food, called food components, are simple ingredients that are used in other recipes but have to be crafted first. For example, cooking oil is used to craft Game Meat Skewers. In order to get cooking oil you must first craft some by using fish oil and nuts. 

Where to Find Cooking Recipes

By default, you will have access to all tiers of Recovery foods, but will only have access to up to tier 2 for attribute foods, tier 2 for gathering foods, and tier 3 crafting foods. 

The remaining recipes will have to be found throughout Aeternum by looting provision containers. The higher the tier recipe you are looking for, the higher tier zone you are going to have to venture into in order to find the recipe. Recipes do NOT drop from every provision crate. They can be tough to find so it may take quite a while to obtain the recipes you are searching for. Recipes that are found are tradeable so you can purchase them from the trading posts as well. 

A rough look at what zone contains which tier recipe is as follows:

  • Tier 3 Recipe – Level 16 – 38 
  • Tier 4 Recipe – Level 36 – 58
  • Tier 5 Recipe – Level 56+

You can find every provision container in New World by checking our Interactive map and filtering by Chests and then Provisions.

Where to Find Cooking Ingredients

Cooking ingredients in New World can be obtained in multiple ways. You can skin animals for meat, go fishing, loot provision crates, harvest crops from farms, harvest herbs for spices, and of course buy ingredients from the trading post. 

All animal spawns can be found by using our interactive map and filtering by whichever animal you are looking for. You can also find all fishing hotspots, provision crates, crops, and herbs by using the map as well. 

Obtaining meat, fish and crops is pretty straightforward. Kill animals and skin them for meat, go fishing for fish, and harvest crops at the farms for crops like carrots, broccoli, squash, etc.  

However, spices and other ingredients can be a little harder to come by. Some ingredients are region-specific and can only be found in provision crates in that specific region. See the chart below. (This chart can also be referenced in our Quick Reference Section)

You will notice that the First Light Zone is not on the charts. With the addition of New World Season 2, Blood of the Sands, the First Light Zone was closed. This was done in preparation of the expansion coming at the end of 2023. The entire First Light Zone is being reworked.

This, in turn, removed all of the herbs and crates that could be harvested and looted from the zone. First Light was the primary location for obtaining nutmeg from herbs. There are not a lot of herbs located in Great Cleave or Weaver’s Fen, the only other locations that have nutmeg. Therefore, the majority of nutmeg is going to have to be obtained via aptitude crates at this time.


Spices in New World are another ingredient that can be a bit tricky to track down. They are obtained by harvesting herbs in New World. Every herb location can also be found by using our interactive  map. However, different spices are region-specific. See the chart below

Your chance at obtaining a spice when harvesting an herb is largely based on your harvesting luck and skill level. 

Also worth noting are the attribute bonuses you get from both dexterity and intelligence. If you are trying to fully min/max your harvesting for cooking ingredients these attribute bonuses are worth taking. If you’re wanting to skin animals and obtain as much meat as possible.

the dexterity attribute has the following bonuses related to skinning:

  • +10% skinning speed
  • +20% haste for 3 seconds after skinning
  • -10% weight of skinned items
  • +10% skinning speed (now a total of 20% increase)
  • +10% yield when skinning

The Intelligence attribute has the following bonuses related to harvesting:

  • +10% harvest speed
  • +5% chance for 1 azoth when harvesting
  • -10% weight of harvested items
  • +10% harvest speed (now a total of 20% increase)
  • +10% yield increase when harvesting

The tools you use will also play a big factor in how efficient you will be when obtaining your cooking ingredients. 

How to Level Cooking

The information contained here about leveling cooking is assuming that you will gather all your resources yourself. However, you do have the option of purchasing the resources from the trading post in order to speed up your cooking leveling in New World. 

In order to efficiently level cooking, you’re going to want to stick with the recovery foods. The attribute and trade foods will provide more experience per food cooked for each tier, but the amount of time spent to obtain the raw materials outweighs that of recovery food by quite a bit. You will need component food for most of those recipes, and you need very specific ingredients. The recovery food allows you to use many different ingredients and obtain the same result. 

First Craft Bonus

You get a “First Craft” double XP bonus for each unique recipe or meal. Be sure to utilize this when possible as you level Cooking! If you can find items around the same price as the recommended meal to craft that yields the same XP, do so to take advantage of the double XP. If the meal costs over double the price, do not craft it for the day.

The introductory quest line will have you craft one portion of light ration which will get you to level 1 cooking. 

Because we are going to be using recovery foods to level, the leveling process will be split up into 4 different categories:

  • Level 1 – 50: Travel Rations / Energizing Travel Rations (10 XP per ration)
  • Level 50 – 100: Light Meal / Energizing Light Meal (45 XP per meal)
  • Level 100 – 150: Satisfying Meal / Energizing Satisfying Meal (180 XP per meal)
  • Level 150 – 200: Hearty Meal / Energizing Hearty Meal (675 XP per meal)

You can avoid the cost of tax as you level by using your camp. However, to get a tier V camp you must be at character level 55.

Having those in mind will save you some headache, especially if you’re going to be harvesting the ingredients near the settlement that you’re going to be leveling your cooking in. This will prevent you from having to transfer your ingredients to another town to cook, although at times during the later levels this may be unavoidable. 

Also bear in mind the following ingredients needed for each Tier of Meal you’re going to be cooking

Rations (TIer II)

  • Raw Food
  • Tier 2 Raw Food

Light Meal (Tier III)

  • Raw Food
  • Raw Food
  • Tier 3 Raw Food

Satisfying Meal (Tier IV)

  • Raw Food
  • Raw Food
  • Raw Food
  • Tier 4 Raw Food

Hearty Meal (Tier V)

  • Raw Food
  • Raw Food
  • Raw Food
  • Seasoning
  • Tier 5 Raw Food

As you can see above, every tier of food is going to require the use of raw foods. So, while you’re in the open world don’t discount killing and skinning lower-level animals, turkeys, gathering nuts, gathering honey from the towns, etc because all of those ingredients will remain relevant throughout the process of leveling your cooking. 

Also gather broccoli as you go. If you come across a farm that has broccoli, gather as much as possible and save it for later leveling. You’ll need it for your tier IV food. 

Bear in mind that your tier 5 Hearty Meals are going to require the use of Seasonings. So, as you’re gathering your other materials make sure you’re harvesting herbs as mentioned above in the “Where and How to Find Cooking Ingredients” section. Any seasoning, including honey, will work for the tier V recovery food, so it does not matter which zone you are in while you are collecting the herbs, so harvest them in every zone as you go. 

Make sure you do NOT use your higher tier food that you loot along the way for the early levels. You will need tier 3, 4, and 5 ingredients for those foods specifically. Make sure you save them for that purpose and do not use them for the Raw foods options. Always be aware of what food you’re using for your tier 1 raw foods. 

Fishing is a great way to gather the ingredients needed up to tier IV, but bear in mind that once you hit the point of needing to craft tier V recovery food for the additional cooking experience you would still have to harvest seasonings to cook the tier V meals. Fishing is also pretty time-consuming. So, the time to gather the required materials is much longer than other methods. 

You could work your way up to max by crafting tier IV meals, but you would use significantly more ingredients due to the XP gain from tier IV meals being significantly lower than that of a tier V meal.

The method of leveling below is going to utilize skinning, harvesting, and looting provision crates when available to obtain the ingredients needed to get to max cooking skill. Feel free to mix and match this method with fishing or any other way you see fit to gather your ingredients.

TIP: Crafting other foods in the same tier is just as efficient as crafting the rations experience. Rations are just easier to craft due to the crafting requirements not being as restrictive as the other foods. 

Level 1 – 50

You’re going to start your leveling process at level 1 by cooking either Travel Rations or Energizing Travel Rations (or a combination of both). These will yield you 10 cooking experiences per item crafted. To get to level 50 cooking you will need a total of 3,450 cooking experience. 

Therefore you will need to cook:

3,450 / 10 = 345 meals to reach level 50 cooking

Travel rations use 2 different ingredient types, Raw food and Tier 2 Raw Food. Make sure you select the dropdown menu while at the crafting station and deselect the “owned items” radio button to see all the available options. You can also check our database to see that information as well.

You can mix and match combinations of ingredients, but you can not use the same ingredient twice. A total of 345 of one ingredient and a total of 345 of another ingredient will be needed. 

In order to obtain the necessary ingredients, you’ll want to be in Either Monarch’s Bluff or Everfall. Both of these zones have an abundance or raw food that is easy to harvest to gain your first 50 levels of cooking.

Utilize our interactive map and filter by nuts, cranberries, carrots, squash, turkey nests, provision crates and herbs.

These resources are in abundance in both zones and can be quickly gathered (make sure you invest in a good sickle and skinning knife as you progress).

As you gather the ingredients kill any game you see along the way and skin them for the meat. Also make sure you are harvesting all the herbs you see. The spices you get will come in handy once you begin cooking tier V food. Also make sure you are looping around to the provision crates as you gather the ingredients. Both crates in Everfall and Monarch’s bluff drop tier V raw foods that you will be utilized later on. By gathering them early will save you quite a bit of time later on.

Gather any fungus you see. They have a chance of dropping mushrooms which are raw food.  Also every time you walk into town make sure you are gathering the honey from the beehives. 

Also remember to gather broccoli as you go. If you come across a farm that has broccoli, gather as much as possible and save it for later leveling. You’ll need it for your tier IV food. 

It is ok if you gather an abundance of lower-tier resources as they can be used in every other tier of food during your leveling process. 

Once you have at a combination of at least 345 raw food (poultry, honey, nuts, mushrooms, milk, eggs, pork) and some combination of 345 tier 2 raw food (carrots, red meat, cranberries, squash) you can head back to town and craft 345 Travel Rations or Energizing Travel Rations and reach level 50 cooking. 

Level 50 – 100

You now need an additional 31,050 cooking experience to get to level 100 (34,500 – 3,450 previous experience). In order to get that experience, you’re now going to start cooking light meals or energizing light meals. These are going to yield 45 cooking experiences per meal. 

Therefore you will need to cook:

31,050 / 45 = 690 meals to reach level 100 cooking

In order to do this you are now going to have to gather the following:

  • 690 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 690 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 690 Tier 3 Raw Food (or combination of)

Everfall again is a good choice for gathering the necessary materials.

Use our interactive map and filter by elk, provision crates, herbs, berry (not cranberry, just “berry”), blueberry, cabbage, melons, and potatoes. 

Make your way to the southern portion of the zone and you’ll find an abundance of blueberries and some elk. You make a loop running northwest to the cabbage and potatoes and back around to the berries and elk until you have the required materials. 

If there’s too much competition for resources in that area you can venture south to Monarch’s Bluff or Windsward for the ingredients as well. 

Make sure you are still looting the provision crates and herbs, and killing and skinning game for later stages of leveling. It does not hurt to continue harvesting nuts, mushrooms and other lower tier food as you progress because they are needed in every tier of recovery food. 

Once you have the required ingredients make your way back to a settlement that has a tier III Kitchen and cook the required amount of Meals to reach level 100. 

Make sure you are not using your tier 3 in the bottom 2 drop downs that are for “Raw Food.” Make sure you are using your tier 1 food for those ingredient slots.

Level 100 – 150

You now need an additional 177,750 cooking experience to get to level 150 (212,250 – 3,450 previous experience). In order to get that experience, you’re now going to start cooking satisfying meals or energizing satisfying meals. These are going to yield 180 cooking experience per meal. 

Therefore you will need to cook:

177,750 / 180 =  987.5 (round up -> 988) meals to reach level 150 cooking

In order to do this you are now going to have to gather the following:

  • 988 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 988 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 988 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 988 Tier 4 Raw Food (or combination of)

By this point you should have a decent stockpile of tier 1 foods that you can utilize for the 3 raw food options. If not, continue to harvest them as mentioned above. 

Getting the tier 4 raw foods begins to be a little more challenging. You may have to visit multiple zones to satisfy the total amount needed. The meat needed for your tier IV food is going to be much harder to come by due to its rarity, so your best bet is to harvest broccoli, cauliflower, oranges and lemons. 

You can find broccoli by filtering for it on our interactive map and going to the spawns located in the specified zones. If the broccoli there has been unharvested you will be able to obtain a significant amount from each farm. If you’re having trouble obtaining the broccoli you’ll need to resort to the other ingredients. 

You will be able to find them by looting provisions crates (which you can find on the interactive map) and you can utilize our provisioning crate chart to find the zones in which each ingredient will be lootable from a provisioning crate. Unfortunately going from zone to zone looting the crates can be time consuming, so if you can get the broccoli 

Once you have the required ingredients make your way back to a settlement that has a tier IV Kitchen and cook the required amount of Meals to reach level 150. 

Level 150 – 200

You now need an additional 708,660 cooking experience to get to level 200 (921,000 – 212,340 previous experience). In order to get that experience, you’re now going to start cooking hearty meals or energizing hearty meals. These are going to yield 675 cooking experience per meal. 

Therefore you will need to cook:

708,660 / 675 = 1,049.866 (round up -> 1,050) meals to reach level 200 cooking

In order to do this you are now going to have to gather the following:

  • 1050 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 1050 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 1050 Raw Foods (or combination of)
  • 1050 Seasonings (or combination of)
  • 1050 Tier V Raw Foods (or combination of)

Much like the tier IV foods, the meat is going to be harder to come by than the other options. Also, by this point, you should have harvested enough herbs (as mentioned prior) to have the required Seasonings. If not, you’ll have to begin harvesting herbs to obtain the ingredients needed. 

You should have a decent stockpile of tier 1 raw foods as well, so your challenge is going to be getting the tier 5 raw foods. 

There aren’t any harvestable plants that you can farm to get the ingredients. You will have to utilize rare meat (if you have any) and if not, then loot from provisioning crates. A total of 1050 of the following ingredients will be needed:

  • Rice
  • Apple
  • String Bean
  • Tomato
  • Coconut

You can utilize our quick chart to find the location of the ingredients

Once you have the necessary ingredients make your way to a tier V camp or kitchen and craft the necessary amount of hearty meals or energizing hearty meals to get your cooking to level 200.

Max Level Cooking

To get the most out of your cooking, you’ll want to find a complete set of Chef gear. This will increase the chance to cook extra meals by 20% when you craft! Chef Gear can be looted from the appropriate boss OR be purchased from the auction house. Below is a list of each piece of crafting gear and where you can find it in the open world:

Chefs GearHow to Obtain it
Chef HatSkysong Maiden Ping
Chef ShirtViridulon the Rootbound
Chef GlovesUnhallowed Soul of Myrkgard
Chef PantsFay the Last Protector
Chef ShoesPit Lord Daehi

You can also craft them from a pattern located in Tier III Aptitude box from Cooking. You will also need an Earring with the Cooking mastery perk on it. To complete the set.

Next, you’ll want to get a set of Cooking Trophies! You can have one Cooking Trophy in each of your houses (3 total). Below are the 3 tiers of Cooking Trophies and their benefits.

TrophyBonusArtifact Item
Minor Cooking Crafting Trophy10% Increase YieldBase Craft (N/A)
Basic Cooking Crafting Trophy20% Increase YieldChef’s Secret Techniques
Major Cooking Crafting Trophy30% Increase Yield Chef’s Secret Cookbook

With your Chefs gear, 3 Major Cooking Trophies, and an Earring with the Cooking Mastery perk you will have a 114% chance to proc an extra meal when you cook your food! This is extremely important when cooking valuable tier V food like stat food.

Artisan Items

The Artisan line has a few select crafts for Engineers, Weaponsmiths, Armorers, Jewelcrafters, Arcanists and Chefs that allow them to craft an array of Bind on Pickup items to allow them to be more self sufficient and to have even more reasons to celebrate hitting 200 in a Trade Skill. Below are the items that can be crafted using the cooking profession:

  • Meals – Epic Rarity and Bind on Pickup
    • Artisans Flatbread
      • This meal has the same effect as Hearty Meal but lasts twice as long and has a default craft bonus amount of 120%
    • Artisans Roasted Rabbit with Seasoned Vegetables
      • This meal has the same effect as Roasted Rabbit with Seasoned Vegetables but lasts twice as long

New World Cooking Guide Conclusion

That concludes our New World Cooking Guide. For all the recipes you can learn and items you can craft with cooking, check out our New World Database

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