Are you one of those WOW players who love to explore Azeroth in search of unique recipes? Maybe you want to collect them all? Each recipe provides something unique to your player or group by raising certain stats etc.. or maybe you just want to get plain ol’ drunk, which is way fun also. Whatever the reason, cooking is popular, not only at home but online as well. Below is some great information provided by Blizzard about the cooking profession for our favorite fury friends..The Pandarens
Cooking: The Way of the Wok
by Nethaera Sep 24, 2012
The pandaren take their culinary creations seriously and their influence has changed cooking as a whole for all of Azeroth. Some of these changes are subtle, like the appearance of the cooking pane. Cooking recipes are more clearly organized based on what you’re looking to create, from expansion-specific recipes to holiday treats.
Cooking has become a slightly more individual affair. Feasts will still provide close-to-maximum food bonuses and are the most efficient way to provide for your raid, but the very best stat boosts are reserved for the cooks (and their customers) who put in that extra effort to create single-serving masterpieces. These food items crafted for individual consumption will provide primary stat benefits, and the more effort that goes into a particular recipe, the higher the value of the bonus stat it provides.
You’ll meet the Ironpaws in the Halfhill market in the Valley of the Four Winds on your epicurean quest. These are the culinary giants of Pandaria and as you complete quests for them, you’ll earn Ironpaw Tokens, which can be redeemed for Cooking rewards.
This new faction represents the best chefs that Pandaria has to offer, and you’ll be able to train with them to learn several different cooking specializations:
- Way of the Brew – It’s all about a good cup of brew and a little fun
- Way of the Grill – These recipes supply Strength bonuses
- Way of the Oven – These recipes supply Stamina bonuses
- Way of the Pot – These recipes supply Intellect bonuses
- Way of the Steamer – These recipes supply Spirit bonuses
- Way of the Wok – These recipes supply Agility bonuses
You’ll be able to specialize in any of these different Cooking techniques and any one will get you to max-level Cooking, but you’ll be able to master all of the ways if you so choose. While you can do all of them at once, the most efficient path to maximizing your culinary skills will be to focus on one Way at time. Of course, no great chef is worth a salt without some support in the kitchen. You’ll be able to summon an apprentice chef named Nomi who’s looking to learn the tricks of the trade from an accomplished pro. You’ll be able to teach her every day until she becomes an expert cook.
Cooking rewards (Ironpaw Tokens) will allow you to purchase a variety of items. These are earned by doing Cooking dailies, or by supporting the Ironpaw’s cooking school with the groceries that they need to teach their students. Here are some of the great new items available for purchase in the market:
- Heirloom Frying Pan, Rolling Pin, and Apron
- Pandaren Banquets – These provide the best possible stats of all the banquets.
- Cooking School Bell – Needed to summon Nomi
- Flippable Table – Unleash your rage
- Various exclusive ingredients that can’t be found anywhere else which are needed to craft banquets and the very best food items
- Small bags of other commonly used Cooking ingredients*
Have too much of any one ingredient? By taking advantage of the common-ingredient bags available in the market, you’ll essentially be able to turn in stacks of surplus supplies for a small amount of something you’re having trouble getting. While it does add a convenient way to buy Cooking ingredients from a vendor, this won’t be the most economical use of your resources. If you’re concerned about being able to harvest ingredients, we suggest you get to know the Tillers, who can also help you establish your own farm and grow your own vegetables.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce), and there’s more for you to discover when you begin your journey into Pandaria.