|Farmer, Forester, Prospector|
|Cook, Jeweller, Metalsmith,|
"A long march can be made all the easier with the promise of a good meal at the end. While it may seem a mundane talent, a good cook is every adventurer's best friend!"
Cooking is essential for the survival for all peoples of Middle-earth - but especially Hobbits. Any adventurer can tell you that travelling with Hobbits can be a tiresome task if proper meals have not been provided! However, no matter what your race, a cook can provide food that can help you recover from setbacks like wounds and diseases, increase your Power and Morale regeneration in and out of combat, and even give boosts to your Might and Vitality, or other characteristics.
A guide to attaining Cook Mastery.
- Cooking Supplies (e.g., Bronze Cooking Supplies)
- Oven for most Apprentice, Journeyman, and Expert tier recipes
- Superior Oven required for most Artisan, Master, and Supreme tier recipes, see its article for locations
- Campfire may also be used for Trail Food recipes, see its article for locations
A list of all component items that are used to craft Cook recipes: Cook Components
- Novice Cooks sell common cooking ingredients for Apprentice, Journeyman, and Expert tier recipes, and are found near normal ovens.
- Expert Cooks sell rare ingredients for Artisan, Master, and Supreme tier recipes, and are found near Superior Ovens.
NPC Vendors do not sell crops: fruits, vegetables, grains, and tea leaves. These items must be crafted by/obtained from a player character. A Yeoman (a cook who is also a farmer and a tailor) will be able to grow these cooking ingredients using his farming profession, or find them using the Track Crops skill while adventuring. A Tinker (a cook who is also a jeweller and prospector) is not so lucky; he will need to obtain his crop ingredients from another player that has the Farmer profession.
Fruits and Vegetables
These items may be cultivated by Farmers, using a Vegetable field crafting area. They are used by Cooks in crafting food. Cultivating a well-tended field of vegetables (a Critical success result) may also produce special by-products that can be used by Cooks to create special or improved food recipes, or by Scholars to create dyes. Note that locations in the following table are where the crops are commonly found; all wild crops may be found, at times, in all areas of Middle Earth. Critical result crops used for dyes may be seen in the Dyes table.
Grains and Hops
These items may be cultivated by Farmers, using a Grain field crafting area. They are used by Cooks in crafting food and drinks. They are never found in the wild.
|Crop Type||Item Name||Tier|
|Black Barley||Bundle of Black Barley|
|Golding Hops||Bunch of Golding Hops|
|North Downs Hops||Bunch of North Downs Hops|
|Oats||Bunch of Oats|
|Pride of Chetwood Hops||Bunch of Pride of Chetwood Hops|
|Spring Barley||Bundle of Spring Barley|
|Umbel Hops||Bunch of Umbel Hops|
|Winter Barley||Bundle of Winter Barley|
Note that the Tier column in the table above refers to the farming tier at which the item is cultivated, and the cooking tier at which the item is introduced. However, crops may also be used for higher tier recipes. For example, Winter Barley is produced by a tier 4 (Artisan) farmer, and Winter Barley Flour is first used by a tier 4 cook to make Chicken Barley Soup, but it is also used in tier 5 (Master) to make Cream of Barley Soup, and in tier 6 (Supreme) to make Lamb and Barley Soup.
Spices and Critical Success
- Using player-crafted Cooking Supplies increases that base chance.
Click through to the tools index to view the percentage for any given tool.
- Scrolls of crafting lore (produced by a Scholar) give a 1-minute buff, further increasing the chance of a critical success.
These scrolls provide tiered increases to the critical chance, but they are tiered by player level, not crafting level. Thus, a level 6 Westfold Master Cook can only use the Minor Cooking Lore that gives a 1% critical chance increase, but a level 65 Master Apprentice Cook can use a Scroll of Supreme Cooking Lore that gives a 12.5% increase.
- Campfire Kits give a critical chance increase for 2 minutes, with higher tiers of Kits giving higher bonuses, up to 8%.
- Certain recipes have an optional ingredient, plant sprigs (spices); the type of spice used is based on the crafting level of any given recipe, but using a spice in any level gives a flat (not tiered) increase of 45% to the critical chance.
Spices are special, rare crop ingredients that can be used by a cook to improve the flavor of food, producing critical results. They are infrequently produced in fields of other crops from the same tier (e.g. a Tier 1 Sprig of Allspice can be harvested from any of the other Tier 1 fields, such as carrot and mushroom fields). They can also be rewarded as loot from foes; the spice received is determined by the level of the foe that was defeated.
- A complete list of Cook recipe indexes by tier:
- A complete list of Cook recipes listed alphabetically:
- An index of items that can be crafted using Cook recipes
|Cook Recipe Index|
|Apprentice • Journeyman • Expert • Artisan • Master • Supreme • Westfold • Eastemnet • Westemnet • Anórien • Doomfold • Ironfold • Minas Ithil|
Crafting Guilds are Reputation factions that grant advantages in recipe execution. Reputation is increased by bartering special crafted items. Membership in a Crafting Guild used to be exclusive - you can be a member of 2 crafting guilds at a time (as of Update 25).
Cooks of all levels are eligible to join the Cook's Guild, but the guild recipes require Expert tier and above. To join a crafting guild one must first speak to a Master of Crafting Guilds, and they are always found in the vicinity of a guild hall and at many other locations. Then, travel to Michel Delving's Craft-fair in the Shire and speak with Guild Leader Aesseledh to continue the quest. The Cook's Guild Hall is found at the south-western corner of the craft-fair.
-  Introduction to Cooking
-  Crafting: A Superior Oven
-  Crafting: Artisan Cook
-  Introduction: Cook's Guild
Using Your Skills
-  Crafting: Camping Preparations
-  Crafting: The Great Pie Crust Robbery
-  Crafting: Ned in a Pickle
-  Crafting: Mudbottom's High Standards
-  Crafting: Steambeard's Hungry Work
-  Crafting: Seward Proudfoot's First Breakfast
Named Expert Cook NPCs. There are numerous unnamed cooks as well.
- LOTRO Forums: Update 25 Crafting Change Notice