Link has never been a chef. Judging by his constant diet of potions and milk, it seems like he doesn’t care much for the culinary arts.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild changed that. Suddenly, Link could cook! Moreover, he was good at cooking, combining ingredients to completely heal his wounds. But here’s the thing:
Did any of them taste good?
I hopped into the test kitchen of our sibling site Eater with help from Adam Moussa, and we cooked all 78 recipes from the game. You can see our full guidelines for cooking in the video, but here’s the basic gist:
- We couldn’t add any ingredients that aren’t listed in the original recipe (including salt and pepper, since those are ingredients in some of the recipes).
- We had to make everything in a wok or a pan, because that’s how Link did it.
- We had to rank their heart bonuses based on how tasty they were. Amazing? That’s 10 hearts. Terrible? That’s one heart, or dubious food. Transcendent? That’s adding bonus hearts.
Without spoiling it, I’ll say that Link’s recipes were better than expected. That said, my main advice to Link is to be comfortable with the simple recipes. And for the love of god, do not try to make egg puddings.