EDIT: Added in the new recipes added in patch 4.0.6.
No not cooking the hunter. I’m not a cannibalistic troll. Well here is a short list of cooking recipes that should be of a high priority for leveling and level 85 hunters. You use the new Chef’s Award obtained through the new cooking dailies from Stormwind or Orgrimmar. You can only stock up on 10 of them for now. I recommend stocking up before the Cataclysm release.
The list is going in a order that the vendor has them up for sale, which is the order in which they are obtained by cooking skill level. Grab the ones that give you the most DPS first.
Agility is our priority stat and I recommend taking those recipes over the others. I know some of us will want to take recipes whose meats are more accessible to us especially if you have a nice cooking tab in your guild bank. Take them if those recipes are still useful to guild members.
Cooking Recipes easily obtained at skill level 450
Recipe: Lavascale Minestrone – See a nice boost to +90 mastery and +90 stamina with a fish recipe.
Recipe: Salted Eye – The Snake Eye recipe at +60 mastery and +60 stamina isn’t as good as the fish one. See I proved my reasoning.
Recipe: Broiled Mountain Trout – At +60 Haste and +60 Stamina, it is good for focus regen issues and faster shots.
Recipe: Lightly Fried Lurker – More crit is good. This recipe gives +60 Crit and +60 Stamina.
Recipe: Seasoned Crab – If your shots are missing a lot use this recipe. It gives you +60 Hit and +60 Stamina.
Recipe: Feathered Lure – You will need this to help you fish up the ingredients you need to help you level cooking.
Recipe: Lavascale Fillet – Huh? Expertise. What Guntitan is nuts? No. You need this for Engineering’s Goblin Barbecue. Get it when you get engineering at this point. The Barbecue doesn’t give you any skill ups in cooking or engineering but good to have for raids.
Recipe: Highland Spirits – Anything that can help you level cooking is good. Who would I be without a alcohol recipe? The sober dwarf? Now that’s just wrong.
Cooking Recipes obtained beyond skill level 475
Recipe: Tender Baked Turtle – Agility is our number one stat for every spec. This recipe should be our first priority when we hit cooking level 475. The recipe gives +60 Agility and +60 Stamina which will be great for leveling.
Cooking Recipes obtained at skill level 500
Recipe: Fish Fry doesn’t give us any stat boosts. The recipe can help us level cooking if we do encounter Sharptooth while fishing.
Recipe: Skewered Eel – At cooking level 500 this recipe is our first recipe we should get. It increases Agility and Stamina by 90. Until your guild gets 10,000 fish achievement you will be using this as a hunter for your food buff for raids.
Recipe: Baked Rockfish – This recipe gives us +90 Crit and +90 Stamina.
Recipe: Basilisk Liverdog – At +90 Haste and +90 Stamina, the recipe is good for more focus regen issues and faster shots.
Recipe: Grilled Dragon – Again, if you notice your shots are missing a lot, this is the food buff you want to level with if you can’t manage to get Hit from gear. It gives +90 Hit and +90 Stamina.
Cooking Recipes obtained beyond skill level 500
Recipe: Fortune Cookie – Meh. They make you feel good. No skill ups.
Recipe: Seafood Magnifique Feast - Seriously, 10,000 fish? It’s a guild achievement.
Novelty Items aren’t as important as the above but still fun for a Hunter and could help you level cooking
Recipe: Chocolate Cookie – Available at cooking skill level 505. Can help you level to 510. Cookies!
Recipe: South Island Iced Tea – We don’t use mana anymore but sounds refreshing. Especially after looking at the 10,000 fish achievement. The recipe is available at cooking skill level 525. No skills ups.
Get recipes based on stat priorities or on ingredients you have readily available to help you level the profession. I hope this helps you focus on what recipes Hunters should obtain first while leveling cooking.
‘Til next time…