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Overview

Cooking is a skill in Project Zomboid that allows your character to make the most out of a food item when used as an ingredient.

Cooking

To begin cooking, you must right-click a Cooking Pot, or a Bowl. If you have ingredients, you will be able to add them.

  • Adding 3 of the same ingredients will remove the unhappiness reduction, and will even increase unhappiness if theres more than 3.

Cooking Level

Cooking XP is easy to gain, but you should still maximize it by reading Skill Books.

Ways to gain XP:

  • Add ingredients
  • Cook raw/uncooked food
  • Slice dead animals

Benefits

Having a higher level of cooking skill provide some benefits:

  • Each cooking level reduces how much ingredients are used when crafting 1 dish, which helps with Hunger reduction.
    • Compared to a level 0 chef, a higher level one is able to make a dish more filling, even when using the same ingredients.
      • THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE MUTTON CHOP ADDED INTO A STEW/SOUP! RESULTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS
Cooking Skill Mutton chop's hunger reduction Stew/Soup hunger reduction(Uncooked) Additional Hunger reduction (Uncooked) % Increase Stew/Soup hunger reduction(Cooked) Additional Hunger reduction / % (Cooked) Total % Increase
0 -30 -30 - - -39 -9 / +30% +30%
10 -30 -39 -9 +30% -50 -11 / +22% +66.67%
  • Each cooking level reduces how much ingredients are used when crafting 1 dish, which indirectly increase Nutrition Values.
    • Compared to a level 0 chef, a higher level one is able to squeeze more nutrients out of a food item.
      • THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE MUTTON CHOP ADDED INTO A STEW/SOUP! RESULTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS
Cooking skill Mutton Chop's Calories (Uncooked) 1st Piece of Mutton 2nd Piece of Mutton 3rd Piece of Mutton Overall Calories Additional calories Total % Increase
0 234 117 117 - 234 - +0%
5 234 132.60 132.70 35.34 300.56 76.56 +28.45%
10 234 136.5 137.5 81.9 354.9 120.9 +51.67%
  • At level 7 Cooking, players are able to use an extremely small amount of rotten food as ingredients. The amount of Hunger and Nutrients you get from using rotten food will also increase as you level past 7.
    • THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE MUTTON CHOP ADDED INTO A STEW/SOUP! RESULTS MAY OR MAY NOT BE DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS
Cooking skill Mutton Chop's Calories/Hunger (Rotten) 1st piece Calories hunger reduction % used for calories % used for hunger reduction
7 234/-13 9.04 1 3.86% 11.54%
8 234/-13 9.09 1 3.89% 11.54%
9 234/-13 27.33 3 11.68% 23.08%
10 234/-13 27.3 (Lower than lvl 9) 3 11.67% 23.08%


  • At level 7 Cooking, players are also able to know if food is poisoned. This allows them to differentiate between edible berries or mushrooms and poisonous ones. They are also able to tell if someone else added Bleach in their food to poison them.

Recipes

Heat Source.

Simple Recipes

Formulas for basic cooking tasks.

Product XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3 Ingredient 4
Pot of Soup
Pot of Soup x1
none Can Opener
Can Opener x1
Canned Soup
Canned Soup x1
(consumed)
Cooking Pot
Cooking Pot x1
(consumed)
Heat Source
Heat Source
(cooked:50min burned:100min)
Bowl of Beans
Bowl of Beans x1
none Can Opener
Can Opener x1
Canned Beans
Canned Beans x1
(consumed)
Bowl
Bowl x1
(consumed)
Bowl of Soup
Bowl of Soup x4
none Pot of Soup
Pot of Soup x1
(consumed)
Bowl
Bowl x4
(consumed)
Heat Source
Heat Source
(cooked:15min burned:25min)
Watermelon Chunks
Watermelon Chunks x5
none Watermelon
Watermelon x1
(consumed)
BaseballBat.png
Blunt Weapon
or
Log x1
Watermelon Slice
Watermelon Slice x10
none Watermelon
Watermelon x1
(consumed)
Saw.png
Hand Axe
or
Kitchen Knife
or
Saw
or
Stone Knife
or
Axe
or
Hunting Knife
or
Machete
or
Meat Cleaver
or
Stone Axe
or
Wood Axe
or
x1
Open Tin of Tuna
Canned Tuna x1
none Can Opener
Can Opener x1
Tuna
Canned Tuna x1
(consumed)
Bowl of Beans
Bowl of Beans x1
none CanBeans.png
Open Can of Beans x1
(consumed)
Bowl
Bowl x1
(consumed)
CanBeans.png
Open Can of Beans x1
none Can Opener
Can Opener x1
Canned Beans
Canned Beans x1
(consumed)
Bread Slices
Bread Slices x3
none Bread
Bread x1
(consumed)
Knife Chopping.png
Bread Knife
or
Butter Knife
or
Kitchen Knife
or
Hunting Knife
or
Machete
or
Meat Cleaver
or
Stone Knife x1

Advanced Recipes

Recipes for player-made foods. Certain recipes may require expertise from a recipe magazine or occupation.

Product XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3 Ingredient 4 Ingredient 5
Hot Cuppa
Hot Cuppa x1
none InstantCoffee.png
Tea Bag
or
Coffee (2 units)
(consumed)
Kettle.png
Kettle of Water (2 units)
Empty Mug
Empty Mug x1
(consumed)
Sugar
Sugar (1 unit)
(consumed)
Heat Source
Heat Source
(heat: -0.22)
Cooked Chicken
Chicken x1
none Raw Chicken
Chicken x1
(consumed)
Heat Source
Heat Source
(cooked:30min burned:60min)
Cooked Salmon
Salmon x1
none Raw Salmon
Salmon x1
(consumed)
Heat Source
Heat Source
(cooked:80min burned:130min)
Cooked Steak
Steak x1
none Raw Steak
Steak x1
(consumed)
Heat Source
Heat Source
(cooked:Xmin burned:Xmin)
PotFull.png
Pot of Stew (Recipe) x1
none Water
Water
(consumed)
Cooking Pot
Cooking Pot x1
(consumed)
Soup Ingredients.png
Stew Ingredients
(consumed)
Heat source
Heat Source
(cooking)
PotFull.png
Pot of Soup (Recipe) x1
none Water
Water
(consumed)
Cooking Pot
Cooking Pot x1
(consumed)
Soup Ingredients.png
Soup Ingredients
(consumed)
Heat source
Heat Source
(cooking)
Salad.png
Salad (Recipe) x1
none Bowl
Bowl x1
(consumed)
Soup Ingredients.png
Salad Ingredients
(consumed)
Bread dough
Bread Dough x1
none Good Cooking Magazine Vol.2 Rolling pin
Rolling Pin
Water
Water (1 unit)
(consumed)
Flour
Flour (1 unit)
(consumed)
Salt
Salt (1 unit)
Yeast
Yeast (1 unit)
(consumed)
Pie Dough
Pie Dough x1
none Good Cooking Magazine Vol.1 Water
Water (2 units)
(consumed)
Flour
Flour (2 units)
(consumed)
Salt
Salt (2 units)
(consumed)
Butter
Butter (15 units)
(consumed)
Bread
Bread x1
none Bread dough
Bread Dough x1
(consumed)
Heat Source
Heat Source
PieWhole.png
Pie Preparation x1
none Rolling Pin
Rolling Pin x1
Baking Pan
Baking Pan x1
(consumed)
Pie Dough
Pie Dough x1
(consumed)
Cake.png
Cake Preparation x1
none Cake Batter
Cake Batter x1
Baking Pan
Baking Pan x1
(consumed)
Sandwich
Recipe Ingredients x1
none Bread Slices
Bread Slices x1
Sandwich Ingredients
Recipe Ingredients x1
(consumed)


See also

Skills vde
Passive FitnessStrength
Agility SprintingLightfootedNimbleSneaking
Combat AxeLong BluntShort BluntLong BladeShort BladeSpearMaintenance
Crafting CarpentryCookingFarmingFirst AidElectricalMetalworkingMechanicsTailoring
Firearm AimingReloading
Survivalist FishingTrappingForaging