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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%






Recipes

Heat Source.

Simple Recipes

Formulas for basic cooking tasks.

Product Recipe Description Skill Level
Smallpotofsoup.png
Pot of Soup x1
Smallcanopener.png + Cannedsoup.png + Smallpot.png (+) Heat source.gif
Can Opener x1 Canned Soup x1 Cooking Pot x1 Heat Source
(consumed) (consumed) (cooked:50min burned:100min)
Increase morale by putting your soup into a pot and heating it up. Adds -40 hunger. Cooking Level 0


BowlFull.png
Bowl of Beans x1
Smallcanopener.png + Beans.png + Bowl.png
Can Opener x1 Canned Beans x1 Bowl x1
(consumed) (consumed)
Bowl of Beans. Cooking Level 0


BowlFull.png
Bowl of Soup x4
Smallpotofsoup.png + Bowl.png (+) Heat source.gif
Pot of Soup x1 Bowl x4 Heat Source
(consumed) (consumed) (cooked:15min burned:25min)
Bowl of Soup. Cooking Level 0


Watermelon Chunks.png
Watermelon Chunks x5
Watermelon.png + BaseballBat.png
Watermelon x1 Blunt Weapon
or
Log x1
(consumed)
Watermelon Chunks. Cooking Level 0


Watermelon Slice.png
Watermelon Slice x10
Watermelon.png + Saw.png
Watermelon x1 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
(consumed)
Cut the watermelon into slices. Cooking Level 0


CanTuna.png
Canned Tuna x1
Smallcanopener.png + Tuna.png
Can Opener x1 Canned Tuna x1
(consumed)
Open Tin of Tuna. Cooking Level 0


BowlFull.png
Bowl of Beans x1
CanBeans.png + Bowl.png
Open Can of Beans x1 Bowl x1
(consumed) (consumed)
Bowl of Beans. Cooking Level 0


CanBeans.png
Open Can of Beans x1
Smallcanopener.png + Beans.png
Can Opener x1 Canned Beans x1
(consumed)
Open Can of Beans. Cooking Level 0


BreadSlices.png
Bread Slices x3
Bread.png + Knife Chopping.png
Bread x1 Bread Knife
or
Butter Knife
or
Kitchen Knife
or
Hunting Knife
or
Machete
or
Meat Cleaver
or
Stone Knife x1
(consumed)
Cut the bread into slices that can be used to make sandwiches. Cooking Level 0


Advanced Recipes

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

Product Recipe Description Skill Level
MugFulll.png
Hot Cuppa x1
InstantCoffee.png + Kettle.png + Mugl.png + Sugar.png (+) Heat source.gif
Tea Bag
or
Coffee (2 units)
Kettle of Water (2 units) Empty Mug x1 Sugar (1 unit) Heat Source
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed) (heat: -0.22)
Make Hot Cuppa. Cooking Level 0


Chicken Cooked.png
Chicken x1
Chicken.png + Heat source.gif
Chicken x1 Heat Source
(consumed) (cooked:30min burned:60min)
It's Finger lickin' good. Cooking Level 0


Cooked Salmon.png
Salmon x1
Salmon.png + Heat source.gif
Salmon x1 Heat Source
(consumed) (cooked:80min burned:130min)
Well, fish is healthy, eat more fish! Cooking Level 0


Steakcooked.png
Steak x1
Steak.png + Heat source.gif
Steak x1 Heat Source
(consumed) (cooked:Xmin burned:Xmin)
A simply cooked steak. Cooking Level 0


PotFull.png
Pot of Stew (Recipe) x1
Water drop.png + Smallpot.png + Soup Ingredients.png (+) Heat source.gif
Water Cooking Pot x1 Stew Ingredients Heat Source
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed) (cooking)
Custom-made stew.
Stew name & effectiveness depends on amount and variation of ingredients.
Cooking Level 0


PotFull.png
Pot of Soup (Recipe) x1
Water drop.png + Smallpot.png + Soup Ingredients.png (+) Heat source.gif
Water Cooking Pot x1 Soup Ingredients Heat Source
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed) (cooking)
Custom-made soup.
Soup name & effectiveness depends on amount and variation of ingredients.
Cooking Level 0


Salad.png
Salad (Recipe) x1
Bowl.png + Soup Ingredients.png
Bowl x1 Salad Ingredients
(consumed) (consumed)
Custom-made salad.
Salad name & effectiveness depends on amount and variation of ingredients.
Cooking Level 0


Dough.png
Bread Dough x1
Rolling Pin.png + Water drop.png + Flour.png + Salt.png + Yeast.png
Rolling Pin Water (1 unit) Flour (1 unit) Salt (1 unit) Yeast (1 unit)
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed)
Dough used to make bread. MagazineFood2.png
Good Cooking Magazine Vol.2


Dough.png
Pie Dough x1
Water drop.png + Flour.png + Salt.png + Butter.png
Water (2 units) Flour (2 units) Salt (2 units) Butter (15 units)
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed) (consumed)
Dough used to make pie. MagazineFood.png
Good Cooking Magazine Vol.1


Bread.png
Bread x1
Dough.png + Heat source.gif
Bread Dough x1 Heat Source
(consumed)
Bread. Level Unknown


PieWhole.png
Pie Preparation x1
Rolling Pin.png + BakingPan.png + PREPPieDough.png
Rolling Pin x1 Baking Pan x1 Pie Dough x1
(consumed) (consumed)
Basic pie crust and top. Add ingredients to make a delicious pie! Cooking Level 0


Cake.png
Cake Preparation x1
Cake Batter.png + BakingPan.png
Cake Batter x1 Baking Pan x1
(consumed)
Basic cake pan. Add ingredients to make a delicious cake! Cooking Level 0


Sandwich.png
Recipe Ingredients x1
BreadSlices.png + Soup Ingredients.png
Bread Slices x1 Recipe Ingredients x1
(consumed)
A sandwich to consume. Cooking Level 0