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Cooking is a great production skill that can be useful for players of any class. You can make extra money by converting raw materials to finished products for better profits. You can make useful items to restore vigour and fatigue, essentially for long voyages, sea battles and land exploration. Items made maybe for your own use, share with friends or sold to other players. For players with fishing skill, it helps making good use of the catches.


Getting Started

Portugal and The Netherlands have the most abundant cooking resources, giving cooks from these countries an advantage since they are able to buy greater quantities of materials at lower prices in their home countries. However, there are many options in cooking, so it is still very accessible to players from any country.


Skills

Jobs

Animal Trader is the only job which favors all of these skills and is therefore the ideal job for beginning your cooking career. To become an Animal Trader, use a Merchant Guild Card at any Merchant GM to change jobs. If you do not have a Merchant Guild Card, you can obtain one from The Merchant Guild's Predicament quest, available randomly from Merchant Mediators in the major cities once you have reached 500 trade fame. It is possible to cook under any job as long as you can obtain the cooking skill, however, it will be more difficult to advance your cooking skill without support from the Livestock and Food trading skills. See the individual skill pages for info on other jobs that favor them and requirements for getting the skills when not favored.

Recipe books

Main article: Recipe Books/Cooking

In addition to the Cooking skill, recipe books are required in order to cook. Which books you use will depend partly on your home country and personal preference, though everyone can start with the Simple recipes book, which can be purchased in Palma or Bordeaux or acquired for free from "the city's first epicurean" quest. Some books can only be found in certain cities, and rarer books require significant investment in a city before they become available. More info about recipe books can be found in the relevant sections below.

Go to the local Merchant Guild mediator and look for a quest on gathering eggs.

Eggs can be bought from : Calvi, Faro, Trieste, Ragusa, and Den Helder

Reward: Rank 1 cooking book

Extra Information: To get rank 2 cooking, buy wheat and "Mill" into Flour.  Then you can buy rank 2 cooking books in no time.

Mediterranean Cook

Recipes


Levels 1 - 2

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 1 3. Milling process
How to make flour from wheat.
Success:

Purchase Simple recipes from Palma or Bordeaux for Attrib price 5,000 Ð.
Optionally, if you find the city's first epicurean quest at the Merchant Guild you can obtain the book for free.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 2 1. Biscuit
A sweet shaped from dough and baked until hard.
Success:

Level 3

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 3 1. Pork recipes
Make pork easy to store.
Success:

Skill cooking 3 2. Lard recipes
How to take lard from pork.
Success:


Purchase Livestock secrets- Pigs from Porto for Attrib price 5,000 Ð.
Pigs are available in Faro and Gijon. Pork is available in Porto.
Lard makes quite a profit, especially for Portuguese players.


Level 4

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 3 1. Pork recipes
Make pork easy to store.
Success:

Skill cooking 4 3. Bacon recipes
How to smoke pork to make bacon.
Success:


Buy pigs as before.
You can now make pork into bacon, but it's worth considering sticking with lard because you can produce up to 3 barrels of lard per barrel of pork, compared to only 2 for bacon.


Level 5 - 6

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 3 1. Pork recipes
Make pork easy to store.
Success:

Skill cooking 5 4. Pork sausage recipes
How to make sausages from pork.
Success:
Skill cooking 5 5. Ham recipes
How to make ham from pork.
Success:

Buy pigs as before.
You can now make either Ham or Sausages.
Check the rates at the market closest to you and make note of the prices and which cities are already selling Ham or Sausages, since that halves your selling price.
Spanish players can do the Porto-Gijon route to make Ham and cheese saute from Simple recipes.   A good route for making this dish and increasing Cooking skill is Plymouth (cheese) --> Antwerp (cheese) --> Plymouth --> Gijon (pigs-to-pork-to-ham/lard) --> Porto (cheese, pork) --> Faro (pigs) --> Porto --> Gijon --> Plymouth (repeat as necessary).  To increase your efficiency get the college course Daily Item Trade.


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 4 7. Ham and cheese saute
A dish of cheese on ham baked with lard.
Success:

Porto sells cheese, lard and pork and Gijon sells pigs and ducks.


Level 7 - 10

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 5 4. Fish and meat on bread
Recipe for an appetizer made with fish and meat on thin sliced bread
Success:

(optional)
If you're tired of butchering pigs or want something else to supplement, you can try your hand at Roast lamb using the Makeable Meats book from Genoa.
See details in the North Sea Cook section below.


North Sea Cook

Recipes

Level 1

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 1 3. Milling process
How to make flour from wheat.
Success:


Purchase Simple recipes from Palma or Bordeaux for Attrib price 5,000 Ð.
Optionally, if you find the city's first epicurean quest at the Merchant Guild you can obtain the book for free.
Buy wheat from Antwerp or Lubeck. Mill the wheat into flour and sell it.
Of note, flour seems to hold a pretty constant price no matter where you go, which is nice.


Level 2

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 2 2. Milking Sheep
How to rear and milk sheep
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 2 1. Milking cattle
How to rear and milk cows.
Success:

Skill cooking 2 2. Butter recipes
How to process milk to make butter
Success:

Purchase Livestock secrets - Cattle from Nantes and Livestock secrets - Sheep from Amsterdam.

Make milk from your livestock using the appropriate book.
Buy salt from Den Helder.
Combine milk and salt to make butter.


Level 3 - 4

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 3 3. Mutton recipes
Make mutton easy to store
Success:


Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 3 4. Beef recipes
Make beef easy to store
Success:

Buy sheep or cattle as before, then make them into lamb or beef.


Level 5 - 6

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 3 3. Mutton recipes
Make mutton easy to store
Success:

Skill cooking 5 4. Mutton sausage recipes
How to make sausages from mutton
Success:

Buy sheep from Den Helder or Edinburg.
Butcher it into lamb, then to sausages.
If you were using cattle and beef exclusively before, it may be worth switching to sheep so you can train your cooking skill twice.
If you are English, you can make both sausages and beef in Edinburg to train your skill more quickly.


Level 7 - 10

Lv req. Recipe name Ingredient(s) Product
Skill cooking 5 4. Fish and meat on bread
Recipe for an appetizer made with fish and meat on thin sliced bread
Success:

Buy Makeable Meats from Genoa which allows you to make Roast lamb. You have three options:

  1. You can buy sheep and salt in Den Helder, turn some of your sheep into butter, the rest into lamb, then make Roast lamb.
    However, salt will be the limiting factor here, so you may want the Seasoning trading skill.
  2. You can buy sheep and salt in Den Helder, butcher all the sheep into lamb, travel to London, buy butter, and combine all three ingredients to make Roast lamb.
    This option will allow you to trade between Den Helder and London and potentially earn some side profit.
  3. if you want to make some distant trade, go to bergen, buy all the salt and sheep and then go to Edinburgh and buy all the sheep and cow there. Milk the cow and combine with salt to make butter and butcher the sheep into mutton. go back to bergen if you need more salt.

Roast lamb can be sold to the Item Shop or other players.


Seafood Cook

North Sea Seafood (London Shopkeeper), R4

  • Preserved herrings  (R4): Herring, Salt, Lumber
  • Steamed cod dish (R5): Wine, Cod
  • Deep-fried codfish (R5): Olive oil, Salt, Cod
  • Roasted salmon & butter (R6): Flour, Butter, Salmon
  • Dried buttered fish (R6): Fish, Bacon, Butter
  • Cooking smoked fish (R7): Butter, Smoked herring
  • North European gratin (R8): Potatoes, Onions, Anchovies

Cooking Mastery

References

  1. Netmarble Forum Cooking Guide
  2. Wikianswers Early Cooking Guide

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