LotRO Guide to Cooking

LotRO Guide to Cooking

By Darkgolem



Baked goods are some of the most useful products that can be crafted in
Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO).  This is because these products
are useful to every class, race and level.  Cooking products do
not usually sell very well because they are so easy to make, and it is
easy to bring to the highest tiers quickly.  Since cooking is such
a useful craft, since cooked products so easy and inexpensive to make,
it is very useful for cooking profession to be taken by adventurers.



Cooking products are inexpensive if used when appropriate.  As
long as one uses cooked products only when needed, an adventurer can
survive many more encounters, including unexpected problems such as
“adds” in combat.



Cooking is not profitable because both farming and cooking require
mainly money to bring to the highest tiers, as opposed to other
crafting professions.  As a result, often one can make a character
with farming as a profession and a character with cooking as a
profession, and make your own baked goods.

Vocation Choice

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are basically three good choices in vocations (including two
character combos) for making a successful cook.  These all involve
gaining access to farming, so you can make a variety of products. 
They often include a second character as an alternate who has another
vocation, allowing you to earn money or other benefits while gaining
farming and cooking, also.  These vocations are:

  • Yeoman
    (Farmer/Cook/Leatherworker)
    – This is the most efficient way to
    make a character with the cooking class, because you can make your food
    and the resources for cooking with one character.  However, there
    is very little in the way of profitable sales available because a lot
    of the profit found in resources, and farming is a very unprofitable
    resource to sell.  A Yeoman will need to earn a lot of independent
    money to fund farming subsequent cooking reaching higher tiers.
  • Historian/Tinker
    (Scholar/Weaponsmith/Farmer)/(Cook/Prospector/Jeweller)
    – This
    is a very nice combo of vocations.  Requiring two characters, this
    takes more effort.  The end result of this combination is one who
    can make their own weapons, jewellery, scholar materials, and
    food.  Jewellery, metal resources and scholar resources all sell
    for high profits, meaning that making money will not an issue.
  • Tinker/Woodsman
    (Cook/Prospector/Jeweller)/(Farmer/Forester/Woodworker)
    – This
    is a mediocre choice using two characters to make a successful
    cook.  Forestry allows selling two semi-valuable products, boiled
    leather and treated wood, plus (with woodworker) creation of wood
    weapons and products such as instruments, bows and staves. 
    Prospector and Jeweller both produce useful jewellery and ore products
    for sale.

Note: Make sure you
look at the recipes available for cooking when you are planning what
vocation for cooking you wish to make.  There are several cooking
recipes which require no farmed products, but instead only purchased
ingredients to finish, meaning you can avoid making a farmer to go with
your cook, if you don’t mind spending the money

Cooking Product Types

There are five different types of crafted products for cook to
make.  These are brewing, campfires, cooked food, trail food, pet
food,

  • Brewing is for making
    beer and ale.  These products are mainly for entertainment. style="font-weight: bold;">
  • style="font-weight: bold;">Campfires refer to turning kindling
    found by a woodsman into a campfire materials.  This allows
    creating campfires for cooking.
  • style="font-weight: bold;">Cooked Food are foods cooked in
    ovens.  These are the largest group of products you can make as a
    cook.  These provide a morale and power out of combat regeneration
    boost, plus an in combat regeneration bonus to either combat
    regeneration, power regeneration, or both.  Cooked foods operation
    on a
    timer, so you must wait until the (short) timer fades before eating new
    food.
  • Pet Foods are for bears,
    and give them greater tanking abilities.
  • Trail Foods are cooked
    over campfires.  There are campfires found in certain places, such
    as the mud gate in Bree-town and Waymeet in the Shire.  These
    items provide bonuses to statistics such as might, agility or
    will.  Trail foods operate on a different timer than cooked foods,
    so you can have one of each (cooked and trail foods) in effect at once.

Using Foods

When making cooked goods, make sure that you make the type that best
suits you.  For all tiers there are goods which provide in combat
regeneration for lot of power, for a lot of morale or a moderately
large amount of both.  However, if you are able to heal yourself
reliably you might depend upon power more, or whatever you prefer.



When making trail foods, you need to make a careful selection of what
benefit you want; agility, might or will depending upon your class
choice.



As a general rule, if you are fighting creatures of a higher level, if
you are fighting in an area where creatures are tightly packed (such as
Evendim’s western shores, or the various Blackwold lairs of Bree-land),
or are in dangerous instances (such as the Great Barrows) you will
definitely want to have food bonuses in effect.  You should
remember that cooked food bonuses expire much faster than trail foods,
so you will need to keep an eye out to make sure your bonuses are
active.

Leveling the Cooking Craft Skill

The first thing you will want to do when crafting for increasing your
cooking tiers is look at available recipes.  Since cooking is so
easy to increase without adventuring (assuming you have the available
cash), often you can have your inventory stocked with cooked goods that
are just within the level of items you can use, unlike so many other
crafting professions where usually by the time you can craft an item,
you are too high of a level.



If you wish to avoid farming all together, here are the recipes that
will level you most quickly, assuming you don’t mind spending the money
to make these items.  You will still need to have help doing the
crafting quests.


  • Tier 1: Hard Biscuits
  • Tier 2: Complete Hobbit
    Breakfast
  • Tier 3: Delicious Crispy
    Bacon
  • Tier 4: Spiced Apple Pie
    (if you wish to go further, make Shire Rations)
  • Tier 5: Lembas

This is about 4 gold pieces worth of product to create enough of these
products to have tier 5 mastery.

Crafting Quests

The Cooking Crafting Quests are fairly easy, except for two somewhat
hard quests.


style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">20 style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);"> style="font-weight: bold;">Taste of Skill II style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">Your
culinary expertise improves with every meal you prepare, but you are
not yet counted among the finest of cooks. style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">1.
Talk to Alken Chubb: Alken Chubb is within the Green Dragon Inn,
located in the village of Bywater in the Shire.



A Novice Cook has asked you to go back to Alken Chubb for the chance to
better your cooking skills under his wing.



2. Make the Serene Stew: Alken Chubb is within the Green Dragon Inn,
located in the village of Bywater in the Shire.



Alken has asked you to prepare a helping of Serene Stew for him to
judge. If it passes his taste-test, he will give you some lessons. He
gave you his notes on where to find and purchase the ingredients you
will need.



(Author's Note: This is a simple quest.  Speak with Alken Chubb
then you must collect
regular ingredients for a Serene Stew recipe.  You must collect a
rare
ingredient (Mountain Basil) from the very top of Weathertop in the Lone
Lands, and will need friends to come with you if you are too level to
handle the (low level 20) monsters found here.)



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3. Bring the Serene Stew To Alken: Alken Chubb is within the Green
Dragon Inn, located in the village of Bywater in the Shire.



Alken is waiting for you to prepare the Serene Stew and bring it to him
for tasting. style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">Craft
Cook Proficiency Tier 2



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Stew style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">Earned
all points for Cook Proficiency Tier 2
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style="vertical-align: top; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);"> style="font-weight: bold;">The Short Order Cook style="vertical-align: top; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">Rollo
Hamson has asked you to travel to five of the Shire's finest inns and
cook food for some of his friends at each.
style="vertical-align: top; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">1.
Feed Rollo's Friends: Rollo Hansom gave you a note containing the names
of his friends that work in some of the Shire's finest inns.



Rollo Hansom has suggested that he can give you access to the superior
ovens of Michel Delving if you prepare the meals his friends request.



2. Talk to Rollo Hamson: Rollo Hansom is at his home in Buckland, quite
near to the Brandywine Bridge.



Your delicious preparations have satisfied Rollo's friends, and he has
surely decided to grant you permission to use the superior ovens of
Michel Delving.




(Author's Note: All the friends are in the Shire.  You must make:

  • 3 Pork Sausages
  • 2 Vegetable Medleys
  • 2 Salted Beef Delights
  • 2 Shire Rations
  • 2 Marinated Chicken Cutlets
  • 3 Marinated Spiced Potatoes
  • 1 Mushroom Pie
  • 3 Stuffed Cabbages
  • 1 Spiced Apple Pie
  • 3 Complete Hobbit Breakfast's
  • 2 Blueberry Muffins)
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Oven Access
style="vertical-align: top; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(160, 184, 216);">Taste
of Skill III
bgcolor="#99ccff">Cooking Profession Crafting Quests
Level
Quest Name
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Task
Reward
Prerequisite
10
style="font-weight: bold;">Taste of Skill I Your
delicious creations are satisfying, but they are not yet prepared with
the skill of a true culinary master.
Alken Chubb
is at the Green Dragon Inn in the town of Bywater in the Shire.



You have been told to speak with Alken Chubb, himself a highly-skilled
cook, if you wish to learn his techniques.
Craft Cook
Proficiency Tier 1
Earned all
points for Cook Proficiency Tier 1
30 Taste
of Skill III
Rollo Hamson is at his home in
Buckland, quite near to the Brandywine Bridge.



A Novice Cook has told you that Rollo Hamson, a cook of great skill,
may be able to teach you some of the techniques that will help your
dishes become as good as they can be.
1. Talk to Rollo Hanson: Rollo
Hamson is at his home in Buckland, quite near to the Brandywine Bridge.



A Novice Cook has told you that Rollo Hamson, a cook of great skill,
may be able to teach you some of the techniques that will help your
dishes become as good as they can be.
Craft Cook Proficiency Tier 3 Earned all points for Cook
Proficiency Tier 3
40
style="font-weight: bold;">Taste of Skill IV In the kitchen
you are unrivalled, and your creations delight the tastes of all who
sample them.
1. Speak with
Pasco Grubb: Pasco Grubb is in Michel Delving in the Shire.



You have been told to speak with Pasco Grubb, master cook of the Shire,
if you wish to better your techniques in the kitchen.



2. Make the Roast of Heroes: Pasco Grubb gave you the recipe and his
notes on the preparation of a Roast of Heroes.



Pasco is waiting for you to collect the ingredients and prepare a Roast
of Heroes he can sample...and by so doing judge whether you are worthy
of further instruction.



3. Bring the Roast of Heroes to Pasco Grubb: Pasco Grubb is in Michel
Delving, in the Shire.



Pasco Grubb is waiting for you to prepare a Roast of Heroes he can
sample.



(Author's Note: This is a harsh quest.  There is a certain boar
found in the Northern
Trollshaws which you must kill.  Unfortunately it lives among the
giants and deadly drakes (all signature beasts, level 40) in the area
of the Giant Valley.  Simply bring a couple high level friends..
the
boar (Signature level 37) will wander up to you if you go to 34.8, W
6.6, but you can't
really survive there without friends or tremendous luck.  Savory
seasonings are needed, and are purchased from Jewel Underhill in Michel
Delving.)
Craft Cook
Proficiency Tier 4



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of Heroes
Earned all
points for Cook Proficiency Tier 4


Final Note

When planning a cooking character, it is wise to consider funds. 
A dedicated alt-a-holic will want to have two characters, one with
farming, one with cooking, and either of the two characters having some
third and separate means of earning income.  A player who
generally plays one character at a time will probably wish to
concentrate on Yeoman, or simply pay (a lot) to advance their cooking
skill by the above listed recipes that do not require purchasing
outside, farmed ingredients.



Regardless of choice, cooking is always useful to a character, though
rarely profitable.  Because of the fact that healing is often in
rare supply for some classes, this is a valuable choice to take as a
profession, regardless of profit made.



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