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We’ve already mentioned in our list of tips and tricks for newbies that cooking plays a major part in LifeAfter. And why shouldn’t it? Many of us might not bother to make our own meals in real life, but what if zombies put an end to delivery services? We’d have no choice but to bring out the frying pan and… cry. Then, try to cook something. Provided that the zombies don’t get us, that is.
In LifeAfter, cooking has two important functions. First, it helps you make food that can keep your character full and healthy. Secondly, it gives you access to a whole range of buffs, from higher attack to health regen and faster movement speed.
But when you start a new game, your character is as bad at cooking as you are. It takes a lot of experimentation to find the recipes for the best foods, which where this guide comes in. Below, you’ll find some of the best recipes in the game, organized according to their main buffs. Let’s get crazy!
1. Best Foods for Hunger
Staying full in LifeAfter keeps your character alive, but it also buffs their movement speed and their ability to gather resources and run. Sometimes, you just want a satiating dish that ensures your character won’t go hungry during a gathering expedition. When in doubt, try one of the following:
- Toast (Flour)
- Bread and Jam (Flour and Fruit)
- Jam (Fruit)
- Candied Fruit (Honey and Fruit)
- Steamed Vegetables (Veggies)
- Fried Pumpkin (1 Flour, 2 Pumpkin, 1 Milk)
Some of these items do nothing more than fill up your belly, while others – such as the Candied Fruit, for example – also offer health regen for a small period of time.
2. Best Foods for Health Regen
Although bandages and other medical supplies can restore more health than most foods, you might sometimes run out of the former. In these cases, you have to rely on food for a quick HP boost before you get the opportunity to make some meds. These are the recipes that can help you out:
- Honey (Honey)
- Honey Grilled Meat (Honey and Meat)
- Grilled Meat (Meat)
- Grilled Mushrooms (Mushrooms)
- Meat Plate (1 Mushroom, 2 Meat, 1 Veggies)
- Creamy Mushroom Soup (Mushrooms and Milk)
- Fruit Milk (Fruit and Milk)
- Juice (Fruit and Ice Cubes)
- Carrot Meat Pie (Meat and Carrots)
- Strawberry Muffins (3 Strawberry, 1 Flour)
- Fried Pine Mushroom (Tricholoma Matsutake)
Of course, you won’t always have the right ingredients on hand for these recipes, but meat and mushrooms are fairly common in expeditions. Grill them up and eat them to heal in emergency situations.
3. Extra Damage Foods
If you’re up against a tough opponent, it might be a good idea to buff yourself up with some damage food. Use one of the following recipes:
- Sandwich (Flour, Meat, and Fruit) – significant boost in damage against infected creatures.
- Milk Stew (Milk and Meat) – decent boost in damage against infected creatures.
- Meatballs (Meat and Veggies) – slight boost to damage against infected creatures.
- Fruit Pie (Honey, Flour, and Fruit) – significant boost in damage against humanoids.
- Minced Pie (Flour and Meat) – slight boost to damage against humanoids.
- Nutrition Stew (Flour, Milk, and Meat) – significant boost in damage against wildlife.
- Meat Skewers (Meat and Fruit) – slight boost to damage against wildlife.
- Special Pizza (Flour, Mushroom, Meat, Veggies) – boosted damage against structures.
4. Extra Crit Foods
Some crit foods increase the chance that you will score a critical hit with your weapon, but most of them actually boost your crit while gathering. When you’re logging, for example, a crit can help you get more wood from the same tree.
- Spaghetti (Flour, Meat, Veggies, Fruit) – great increase in crit chance.
- Mushroom Skewers (Mushroom and Meat) – slight increase in crit chance.
- Assorted Platter (Mushroom, Fruit, Meat, Veggies) – decent increase in logging and mining crit chance.
- Vegetable Cake (Veggies and Flour) – slight increase in logging and mining crit chance.
- Hot Mushroom (Mushrooms and Honey) – great increase in gathering crit.
- Fruit & Veggie Salad (Fruit and Vegetables) – slight increase in gathering crit.
- Egg Tart (Milk, Honey, and Flour) – great increase in mining crit.
- Mushroom Noodles (Mushrooms and Flour) – slight increase in mining crit.
- Honey/Milky Croissant (Honey/Milk and Flour) – great increase in logging crit.
5. Foods for Faster Gathering
Need even more gathering buffs for a massive expedition? These foods increase the speed of gathering so that you can get more stuff in a lesser amount of time. Some of them even increase your crit chance.
- Grilled Grouper (Meat, Veggies, or Fruit and 1 Red Grouper) – faster gathering.
- Grilled Salmon (Meat, Veggies, or Fruit and 1 Salmon) – faster gathering and boosted crit.
- Grilled Carp (Meat, Veggies, or Fruit and 1 Carp) – slightly faster gathering.
- Grilled Turtle (Meat, Veggies, or Fruit and 1 Soft-Shelled Turtle) – improved gathering mastery.
- Grilled Silver Carp (Meat, Veggies, or Fruit and 1 Silver Carp) – increased maximum energy.
6. Foods for Movement Speed
In case you plan to travel for long stretches of time, you might want to improve your movement speed to make the trip shorter. This can also help you run away from tough zombies successfully when you’re in an area above your level.
- Fruit Cake (Flour, Fruit, Milk, and Honey)
- Strawberry Yoghurt (Milk, Ice, Strawberry, and Honey)
- Toffee (Milk and Honey)
- Strawberry Jelly (1 Milk, 2 Strawberry, 1 Ice Cube) – also increases crit chance.
7. Temperature Foods
In LifeAfter, pretty much anything can kill you – from zombies to dangerous animals and even the weather. Certain environments, in particular, are more likely to be too cold for your character and if you don’t have time to stop by the campfire, a temperature food is the way to go.
- Creamy Soup (Veggies, Meat, and Milk) – drastic increase in body temperature.
- Honey Water (3 Ice Cubes, 1 Honey) – decent increase in body temperature, removes colds.
- Beet Porridge (Veggies and Honey) – decent increase in body temperature, removes colds.
- Dumplings (Flour, Mushrooms, and Meat) – maintains body temperature.
- Hot Water (Ice Cubes) – removes colds.
Alternatively, there are a few foods that decrease your body temperature. Take care that you don’t eat them during the evenings or while travelling through a cold zone.
- Milk Pudding (Milk Drop, Ice Cube, Honey) – gives you hypothermia.
- Fruit Smoothie (2 Fruit, 1 Honey, 1 Ice Cube) – drastic reduction in body temperature.
- Fruity Popsicle (1 Fruit, 3 Ice Cubes) – slight reduction in body temperature.
If you’ve just started playing and you don’t know where to find all of these ingredients yet, be sure to check out our guide to the first steps in LifeAfter. Once you go on your first expedition and craft your first gun, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore different zones and acquire raw materials for your experiments with food.