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Dang, New Horizons’ new cooked food looks incredible

Bake a cake! Make sandwiches!

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

OK, Nintendo — I think players are ready to forgive the developer for the dearth of Animal Crossing: New Horizons content over the past year. During the Animal Crossing Direct on Friday, Nintendo announced a ton of new content to bring players back to their islands — and the new cooking and food items look delicious.

There’s so much to unpack in just these two features, but we’ll start cooking. It’s unlockable with the Be a Chef! DIY Recipes+ item, purchasable with Nook Miles. It looks like there’ll be pages of recipes and incredible looking food to create — stuff like veggie soup, sandwiches, bread, and fish. But what sort of ingredients will we use to cook with? Well, Nintendo is adding expanded gardening: Players will now be able to grow wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, sugarcane, and carrots to use in their recipes.

It sounds like it’ll work like pumpkin growing, which was added in 2020. Pumpkin starters are necessary to kick things off, sold by Leif and at Nook’s Cranny. You can, basically, just set the pumpkins down and let them grow — but watering them produces more. Get to work on your garden spaces, folks.

Sure, you can eat the food that you’ve created, but it’s also going to be perfect for decorations and laying out in cozy scenes around New Horizons islands.

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