Complete New World Cooking Guide

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Introduction to Cooking in New World

Welcome to the Complete New World Cooking Guide. Cooking is one of the many crafting professions in New World. It is also arguably the most vital and useful of the crafting professions. Cooking feeds into so many benefits for all kinds of things including providing food buffs for the gathering professions of mining, logging, skinning, and harvesting.

As with all crafting professions, you can keep your ingredients in the vault and still craft at the station. Remember this so you can make the most of your crafting time. Save up your ingredients and dump them in the vault, so you can later do a big crafting run! Remember that you will only be able to use the ingredients from the vault at your current Settlement.

With cooking, you can craft foods to help you in a myriad of ways. From health and mana, to gathering skill luck, to increases to your stats. The following section in the Complete New World Cooking Guide contains an easy to digest list of the main uses for food you can cook yourself.

Types of Food Buffs You Can Cook in New World

This section outlines just one example of each type of food available to cook in New World. In later sections we will dive deeper into the food types and provide more information into each of them.

Food TypeStats AffectedExampleExample Stats
RecoveryRecovers Health and/or Mana
Light Ration
Recovers 40HP per second for 20 seconds.

Afterwards, record 1% of HP every 2.5 seconds for 20 Minutes
AttributeIncreases stats.Apple Pie+6 Dexterity
+4 Focus
Lasts: 25 Minutes
Trade SkillIncreases Luck or Other Attributes related to a trade profession
Boiled Potatoes
+1,700 Mining Luck for 30 Minutes
Food ComponentsUsed for additional cooking recipes
Cooking Oil
Used for frying and sautéing. Crafted with:
2x Fish Oil
1x Nut

How to Start Cooking in New World

So you’ve dropped into New World, and you’ve decided to take up your passion of cooking in a video game. Who needs to kill monsters right? Professions are where the fun and profits are! The first thing you need to accomplish in this Complete New World Cooking Guide is collect a few ingredients, then either craft at a campfire, or in a settlement at a Kitchen station.

  1. Use your skinning profession to skin your first wolf or bear to obtain Game Meat. If you are looking to cook multiple meals, you may decide to hunt many of these animals and skin them all so you have a nice stockpile of supplies for cooking.
  2. Most starting areas already have a campfire near the first quest giver. You can head to this campfire, or, if you aren’t at a starting zone, you can always use someone else’s campfire or even create you own campfire. Alternatively, if you are near a settlement you can go and find the kitchen there.

The kitchen uses this icon on your map:

3. Now that you are at your campfire or kitchen, press “E” for the default crafting key, and you can craft your first Light Ration. The Light Ration will take just 1x Game Meat to cook. This meal will help you recover health while on your leveling journey.

Every time you cook any recipe, you will always get experience. The experience system does not work like World of Warcraft for example, where if you are cooking low level items, you can’t get experience. You will still always get experience for a craft, but it will usually be more efficient to craft your higher-tier recipes so that you get much more experience out of them.

TIP: If you are cooking at a campfire, you will only ever be able to cook recovery foods or fishing bait. Other foods are not available to cook at a campfire and must use a Kitchen.

How to Level Cooking Fast in New World

If you want to level cooking , this Complete New World Cooking Guide is where you want to be. We’ll walk through each of the stages of cooking, splitting the 200 levels into 4 sections so you can focus on the area you are currently at.

You really can level cooking any way you want. You can make whatever types of food you like and you still still level up. For the purposes of this guide, we will stick to the main ration/meals that increase HP and/or Mana regeneration. You will need these a lot while leveling, so it makes sense to use this as the baseline that everyone will need. Feel free to go off script and cook other meals, but this information is here to provide you some basics.

Tips to Remember to Make The Most of your Time

The key to making the most of this New World Cooking Guide is to kill and skin any animals that produce meat. When you are exploring, questing, or doing anything, always kill and skin what you can, so you have a plentiful stockpile of meat to use for cooking. You should also be harvesting any herbs and plants you see along the way for different spices and ingredients you can use in cooking as well, especially for those vital gathering luck food buffs.

Anything you can harvest will likely be an asset for you in cooking, whether it is herbs, carrots or cabbage at a farm, or fungus that are able to drop mushrooms. Remember, you can keep these ingredients in your vault at your favorite settlements if you are worried about your bags getting too heavy.

When you are crafting each section we breakdown below, our suggestion is that you only use the easier to find ingredients that we mention in each respective section. New World crafting will allow you to use higher-tier cooking ingredients for lower-tier food, but usually this will be a waste as they are likely harder for you to farm and gather. Try to stick to the lowest level of ingredient for the lower levels of cooking if possible. This will allow you to save them for later.

How Much Experience Cooking Takes To Level Up

Here we break down how much experience does it take to reach each level of cooking in New World. To keep it short and sweet, we’ll cover every 10 skill level milestone.

Cooking LevelTotal Experience Needed
10290
20780
301,470
402,360
503,450
605,534
709,058
8014,022
9020,426
10028,270
11039,970
12057,670
13081,370
140111,070
150146,770
160195,520
170259,270
180338,020
190431,770
200540,520

 

Level Cooking Fast – Levels 1 to 50

The simple and fastest way to level cooking in New World from 1 to 50 is to craft either Travel Rations or Energizing Travel Rations. You can craft these are a Kitchen or a campfire tier 2 or better. Here are some key numbers to remember when planning your cooking to level as fast as you can.

144 – Total Travel Rations or Energizing Travel Rations To Hit Level 50 Cooking

This number is derived from:

3,450 – Total cooking experience to reach level 50

24 – Total cooking experience per ration made

A travel ration needs 2 ingredients. For every ration you make, you will need 1 raw food, and 1 Tier 2 raw food. The below table shows you the ingredients you can use for a travel ration or an energizing travel ration. You will need 1 of any of the ingredients on the left side, and one of any of the ingredients on the right side of the table. We have bolded some of the easiest ingredients to find.

Our suggestion would be to focus on skinning animals and harvesting any of the following ingredients while you are out hunting. You will need a total of 144 items from the left side and 144 items on the right side in order to cook from level 1 to 50:

Tier 1 Raw FoodTier 2 Raw Food
Poultry (Skinning Turkeys)Red Meat (Skinning)
Nuts (Harvesting)Cranberries (Harvesting)
Pork (Skinning)Carrots (Harvesting)
Game Meat (Skinning Rabbits)Corn (Harvesting)
MushroomsBread
EggButter
MilkSquash
Fish FiletFirm Fish Fillet
HoneyPasta
SausagePastry Crust
 Cheese
 Strawberries

 

Level Cooking Fast – Levels 50 to 100

The simple and fastest way to level cooking in New World from 50 to 100 is to craft either Light Meals or Energizing Light Meals. You can craft these are a Kitchen or a camp tier 3 or better. Here are some key numbers to remember when planning your cooking to level as fast as you can.

276 Total Light Meals or Energizing Light Meals To Level from 50 to 100 Cooking

This number is derived from:

24,820 – Total incremental cooking experience from cooking level 50 to 100

90 – Total cooking experience per meal made

A light meal needs 3 ingredients. For every meal you make, you will need 2 raw food, and 1 Tier 3 raw food. The below table shows you the ingredients you can use for these meals. You will need 2 of any of the ingredients on the left side, and one of any of the ingredients on the right side of the table. We have bolded some of the easiest ingredients to find.

Our suggestion would be to focus on skinning animals and harvesting any of the following ingredients while you are out hunting. You will need a total of 552 items from the left side and 276 items on the right side in order to cook from level 50 to 100.

It is important to note that you can replace the Tier 1 food on the left side of the table with any of the Tier 2 food from the previous section of this guide.

Tier 1 Raw FoodTier 3 Raw Food
Poultry (Skinning Turkeys)Potato (Harvest at Farms)
Nuts (Harvesting)Cabbage (Harvest at Farms)
Pork (Skinning)Blueberry (Harvest by Bushes)
Game Meat (Skinning Rabbits)Berry (Harvest by Bushes)
HoneyJuicy Ham Hock
EggMelon
MilkOnion
Fish FiletBarley
MushroomsVenison
SausageSquid Meat
 Juicy Ham Hock
 Tender Fish Filet

 

Level Cooking Fast – Levels 100 to 150

The simple and fastest way to level cooking in New World from 100 to 150 is to craft either Satisfying Meals or Energizing Satisfying Meals (see a trend here?). You can craft these are a Kitchen or a camp tier 4 or better. Here are some key numbers to remember when planning your cooking to level as fast as you can.

395 – Total Satisfying Meals or Energizing Satisfying Meals To Level from 100 to 150 Cooking

This number is derived from:

118,500 – Total incremental cooking experience from cooking level 100 to 150

300 – Total cooking experience per meal made

As discussed before, you technically can continue cooking lower tier rations and gaining experience, but these meals are our suggestions so you are making more experience per craft.

A satisfying meal needs 4 ingredients. For every meal you make, you will need 3 raw food, and 1 Tier 4 raw food. The below table shows you the ingredients you can use for these meals. You will need 3 of any of the ingredients on the left side, and one of any of the ingredients on the right side of the table. We have bolded some of the easiest ingredients to find.

Our suggestion would be to focus on skinning animals and harvesting any of the following ingredients while you are out hunting. You will need a total of 1,185 items from the left side and 395 items on the right side in order to cook from level 100 to 150.

It is important to note that you can replace the Tier 1 food on the left side of the table with any of the Tier 2 or 3 food from the previous section of this guide.

Tier 1 Raw FoodTier 4 Raw Food
Poultry (Skinning Turkeys)Broccoli (Harvesting at Farms)
Nuts (Harvesting)Cauliflower (Harvesting at Farms)
Pork (Skinning)Wheat (Harvesting)
Game Meat (Skinning Rabbits)Lemon
HoneyOrange
EggDelicate Fish Filet
MilkPoultry Breast
Fish FiletTender Wolf Loin
MushroomsVenison Tenderloin
Sausage 

 

Level Cooking Fast – Levels 150 to 200

The simple and fastest way to level cooking in New World from 150 to 200 is to craft either Hearty Meals or Energizing Hearty Meals. You can craft these are a Kitchen or a camp tier 5 or better. Here are some key numbers to remember when planning your cooking to level as fast as you can.

508 – Total Hearty Meals or Energizing Hearty Meals To Level from 150 to 200 Cooking

This number is derived from:

393,750 – Total incremental cooking experience from cooking level 150 to 200

775 – Total cooking experience per meal made.

A satisfying meal needs 5 ingredients. For every meal you make, you will need 3 raw food, 1 seasoning, and 1 Tier 5 raw food. The below table shows you the ingredients you can use for these meals. You will need 3 of any of the ingredients on the left side, one of the seasoning spices from harvesting, and one of any of the ingredients on the right side of the table. We have bolded some of the easiest ingredients to find.

Our suggestion would be to focus on skinning animals and harvesting any of the following ingredients while you are out hunting. You will need a total of 1,524 items from the left side and 508 seasoning herbs, and 508 of the right side in order to cook from level 150 to 200.

It is important to note that you can replace the Tier 1 food on the left side of the table with any of the Tier 2 or 3 or 4 food from the previous section of this guide.

Tier 1 Raw FoodTier 5 Raw Food
Poultry (Skinning Turkeys)Apple
Nuts (Harvesting)Tomato
Pork (Skinning)Coconut
Game Meat (Skinning Rabbits)String Bean
HoneyPork Belly
EggPoultry Thigh
MilkFish Roe
Fish FiletPrime Red Meat
MushroomsRich Bear Flank
SausageSumptuous Rabbit

 

All Food Buffs to Increase Gathering Luck in New World

You can also use cooking in New World to help increase your gathering luck for your gathering trade skills. Each of these meals gives a different amount of luck, which will give you additional chance to obtain rare items while gathering.

Skinning Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

These food buffs for skinning are also covered in the skinning guides section.

TierFood NameImageIncrease on Luck RatingDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Roasted Carrots1,00020 Mins01x Carrot
1x Honey
1x Nutmeg
2Herb-Roasted Carrots1,40025 Mins51x Carrot
1x Water
1x Garlic
1x Peppercorn
3Carrot Soup1,70030 Mins201x Carrot
1x Water
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Cooking Oil
1x Paprika
4Vegetable Boil1,90035 Mins401x Carrot
1x Cabbage
1x Water
1x Nut
1x Cauliflower
1x Cooking Oil
5Savory Fish Cake2,00040 Mins601x Carrot
1x Fish Fillet
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Garlic
1x String Bean
1x Butter
1x Rosemary

Mining Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

These food buffs for mining are also covered in the mining guides section.

TierFood NameIncrease on Luck RatingDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Roasted Potatoes1,00020 Mins01x Peppercorn
1x Butter
1x Potato
2Herb-Roasted Potatoes1,40025 Mins51x Cinnamon
1x Butter
1x Honey
1x Potato
3Boiled Potatoes1,70030 Mins201x Cauliflower
1x Butter
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Water
1x Potato
4Poultry with Roasted Potatoes1,90035 Mins401x Butter
1x Sausage
1x Nut
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Poultry
1x Potato
5Salted Roasted Potatoes2,00040 Mins601x Oregano
1x Parsley
1x Butter
1x Salt
1x Nut
1x Squash
1x Potato

Harvesting Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

These food buffs for harvesting are also covered at this link in the harvesting section.

TierFood NameIncrease on Luck RatingDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Cooked Corn1,00020 Mins01x Salt
1x Butter
1x Corn
2Cornbread1,40025 Mins51x Salt
1x Butter
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Corn
3Herb-Crusted Corn on the Cob1,70030 Mins201x Cheese
1x Milk
1x Nut
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Corn
4Breakfast Bread1,90035 Mins401x Tomato
1x Honey
1x Nut
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Egg
1x Corn
5Spicy Steak Pie2,00040 Mins601x String Bean
1x Carrot
1x Butter
1x Peppercorn
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Red Meat
1x Corn

Logging Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

These food buffs for logging are also covered in the Complete New World Logging Guide

TierFood NameIncrease on Luck RatingDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Roasted Cabbage1,00020 Mins11x Dill
1x Cooking Oil
1x Cabbage
2Boiled Cabbage1,40025 Mins51x Saffron
1x Cooking Oil
1x Nut
1x Cabbage
3Herb-Roasted Cabbage1,70030 Mins201x Cauliflower
1x Butter
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Nut
1x Cabbage
4Cabbage-Wrapped Roasted Fish1,90035 Mins401x Cauliflower
1x Cooking Oil
1x Water
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Fish Fillet
1x Cabbage
5Salted Poultry with Cabbage2,00040 Mins601x Seasoning Blend
1x String Bean
1x Butter
1x Peppercorn
1x Nut
1x Poultry
1x Cabbage

All Food Buffs to Increase Gear Score while Crafting

Weaponsmithing Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

The following items are crafted using the Cooking trade skill. They all gives a certain amount of increased gear score while weaponsmithing, for a duration of time. For Example, If you consume Roasted Broccoli, for 20 minutes afterwards, every time you craft something with the Weaponsmithing trade skill, the item will have 5 higher gear score than normal.

TierFood NameImageIncrease Item Gear ScoreDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Roasted Broccoli520 Mins11x Broccoli
1x Butter
1x Salt
2Steamed Broccoli825 Mins51x Broccoli
1x Water
1x Cheese
1x Milk
3Herb-Crusted Broccoli1030 Mins201x Broccoli
1x Cheese
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Nut
1x Milk
4Roasted Vegetable Medley1235 Mins401x Broccoli
1x Squash
1x Honey
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Cauliflower
1x Cooking Oil
5Savory Vegetable Medley1540 Mins601x Seasoning Blend
1x Broccoli
1x Carrot
1x Oregano
1x Cooking Oil
1x String Bean
1x Cauliflower

Jewelcrafting Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

The following items are crafted using the Cooking trade skill. They all gives a certain amount of increased gear score while jewelcrafting, for a duration of time. For Example, If you consume Cooked Melon, for 20 minutes afterwards, every time you craft something with the Jewelcrafting trade skill, the item will have 5 higher gear score than normal.

TierFood NameImageIncrease Item Gear ScoreDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Cooked Melon520 Mins11x Melon
1x Honey
1x Cinnamon
2Candied Melon825 Mins51x Melon
1x Honey
1x Cinnamon
1x Butter
3Melon Infusion1030 Mins201x Melon
1x Honey
1x Water
1x Nutmeg
1x Cinnamon
4Sweet Fruit Trifle1235 Mins401x Melon
1x Berry
1x Nut
1x Honey
1x Blueberry
1x Cinnamon
5Glazed Melon Bread1540 Mins601x Melon
1x Corn
1x Honey
1x Sugar
1x Cooking Oil
1x Mint
1x Ginger

Engineering Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

The following items are crafted using the Cooking trade skill. They all gives a certain amount of increased gear score while Engineering, for a duration of time. For Example, If you consume Steamed Squash, for 20 minutes afterwards, every time you craft something with the Engineering trade skill, the item will have 5 higher gear score than normal.

TierFood NameImageIncrease Item Gear ScoreDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Steamed Squash520 Mins11x Squash
1x Paprika
1x Cooking Oil
2Roasted Squash825 Mins51x Squash
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Cooking Oil
1x Butter
3Herb-Roasted Squash1030 Mins201x Squash
1x Nut
1x Honey
1x Ginger
1x Butter
4Creamed Corn1235 Mins401x Squash
1x Corn
1x Water
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Tomato
1x Basil
5Herb-Crusted Vegetables1540 Mins601x Squash
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Cabbage
1x Garlic
1x Rosemary
1x Cooking Oil
1x String Bean

Arcana Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

The following items are crafted using the Cooking trade skill. They all gives a certain amount of increased gear score while crafting in Arcana, for a duration of time. For Example, If you consume Cooked Wild Berries, for 20 minutes afterwards, every time you craft something with the Arcana trade skill, the item will have 5 higher gear score than normal.

TierFood NameImageIncrease Item Gear ScoreDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Cooked Wild Berries520 Mins11x Berry
1x Cranberry
1x Sugar
2Wild Berry Trifle825 Mins51x Berry
1x Nut
1x Honey
1x Mint
3Wild Berry Compote1030 Mins201x Berry
1x Water
1x Honey
1x Strawberry
1x Mint
4Berry Brew1235 Mins401x Berry
1x Strawberry
1x Water
1x Honey
1x Orange
1x Blueberry
5Sweet Wild Berry Infusion1540 Mins601x Berry
1x Melon
1x Water
1x Sugar
1x Tarragon
1x Strawberry
1x Blueberry

Armoring Food Buffs – Complete New World Cooking Guide

The following items are crafted using the Cooking trade skill. They all gives a certain amount of increased gear score while crafting using the Armoring skill, for a duration of time. For Example, If you consume Barley Soup, for 20 minutes afterwards, every time you craft something with the Armoring trade skill, the item will have 5 higher gear score than normal.

TierFood NameImageIncrease Item Gear ScoreDurationLevel Req.Ingredients Needed
1Barley Soup520 Mins11x Barley
1x Rice
1x Water
2Nutty Brew825 Mins51x Barley
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Butter
1x Nut
3Honey Brew1030 Mins201x Barley
1x Water
1x Honey
1x Ginger
1x Nutmeg
4Strong Honey Brew1235 Mins401x Barley
1x Wheat
1x Honey
1x Nut
1x Ginger
1x Butter
5Spicy Cabbage Soup1540 Mins601x Barley
1x Cabbage
1x Water
1x Peppercorn
1x Carrot
1x Cauliflower
1x String Bean

Maximize your Gathering Yields and Speed To Get Cooking Ingredients Faster

You will also want to make sure while harvesting and gathering that you maximize your yield, speed, and chance at extra items. In this Complete New World Cooking Guide, we suggest you make cooking faster by being able to gather your ingredients much faster. Do this by adding perks to your equipment! Here are guides on perks for each gathering skill:

How To Get More Cooking Recipes in New World

Most of the higher level cooking recipes in New World are only available from Provision Crates. There are some recipes you will have right away when you start cooking, but others will need to be locked by chance when opening provision crates around the world.

Here is a list of the New World Cooking Recipes and when / how to unlock each tier:

Food TypeTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4Tier 5
Recovery FoodAlways UnlockedAlways UnlockedAlways UnlockedAlways UnlockedAlways Unlocked
Attribute FoodAlways UnlockedAlways UnlockedProvision Crates ~Level 16-38Provision Crates ~Level 36-58Provision Crates ~Level 56+
Gathering Buff FoodAlways UnlockedAlways UnlockedProvision Crates ~Level 16-38Provision Crates ~Level 36-58Provision Crates ~Level 56+
Crafting Buff FoodAlways UnlockedAlways UnlockedAlways UnlockedProvision Crates ~Level 36-58Provision Crates ~Level 56+

You can find all locations for provision crates in New World via the Interactive New World Map by selecting Chests > Provisions

Cooking Equipment Set to Increase Cooking Expertise

There is one set of chef’s equipment available in New World to help the cooking trade skill currently. The set gives an increased chance to craft additional items while cooking. This will be very key for players who are looking to maximize profits while cooking in New World.

Tier 5 Chef’s Equipment Set – At 500 Gear Score

Piece NameSlotImageCooking Buff
Chef HatHead+4.2% chance to craft additional items when cooking
Chef ShirtChest+4.2% chance to craft additional items when cooking
Chef GlovesHands+4.2% chance to craft additional items when cooking
Chef PantsPants+4.2% chance to craft additional items when cooking
Chef ShoesFeet+4.2% chance to craft additional items when cooking

All Cooking Trophies in New World

There are 3 trophies you can make to store in your house, if you own one yet. You can craft these using the Furnishing skill. These trophies significantly increase your Cooking Luck and therefore your chances at creating additional items when cooking, just like the equipment set we discussed above. Here is a breakdown of all Cooking trophies in New World.

TrophyImageCooking Luck BonusIngredients
Minor Cooking Crafting Trophy
1,00025x Lumber
20x Steel Ingot
1x Maple Stain
25x Air Mote
Basic Cooking Crafting Trophy
2,00025x Wyrdwood Planks
20x Starmetal Ingot
1x Oak Stain
1x Chef’s Secret Techniques
Major Cooking Crafting Trophy3,00025x Ironwood Planks
20x Orichalcum Ingot
1x Mahogany Stain
1x Chef’s Secret Cookbook

Why Don’t I See Higher Tier Crafts in New World?

If you are looking to cook tier 3, 4, or 5 meals, you may be confused because you don’t see any available to you when you open your crafting window at a Kitchen. Higher tiers of all crafting recipes are only available if the settlement you are in has a Kitchen of the matching tier or higher.

So if you are trying to cook high tier meals in New World, make sure you are in a settlement with a Kitchen tier the same or higher than what you are looking to craft.

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