Crafting is the final step of a three-part process to create usable items, after Gathering / Farms and Refining / Pastures. The great majority of equipment and consumable items in Albion Online are made via crafting.
Crafting is developed separately from both Gathering and Refining on the Destiny Board. In addition, Crafting is divided thoroughly into very specific specialties. Some crafting costs may be reduced by using Crafting Focus.
Cooking is a skill/proficiency a craftsman can choose in the world of Albion. Cooking entails the cooking of meals in order to temporarily boost your stats, as well as creating fish bait for your fishing rod. This skill is developed and trained at a Cook.
(1/1) NOTE: Currently, crafting any fish-related items will not contribute fame to completion of the single level for Sous Chef.
Special Fish Bait
Food can be enchanted through the addition of Fish Sauce. The higher tier your base food is, the more fish sauce you need in order to enchant the food. Each tier of enchantment (.1/.2/.3) takes a different kind of fish sauce. Basic Fish Sauce, Fancy Fish Sauce & Special Fish Sauce. In order to create these items you need Chopped Fish & Seaweed on top of the resources you need for the "base recipe".
Example screenshot of enchanting a Pork Omelette:
Get fame by crafting Carrot Soup (T1) or better. There are no soups at T2, T4, T6, T7 and T8.
Get fame by crafting Bean Salad (T2) or better. There are no salads at T3, T5, T7 and T8.
Vegetable salads gives crafting speed and quality. They are also used as food supply for buildings. They are Bean Salad (T2) (Stonemason), Turnip Salad (T4) (Toolmaker) and Potato Salad (T6) (Hunter's Lodge).
Fish salads are the only food that are not better than their vegetable counterparts. These do not feed any buildings: Shallowshore Squid Salad (T2), Midwater Octopus Salad (T4) and Deepwater Kraken Salad (T6).
The T1 salad Seaweed Salad gives 100% health regeneration.
Craft Grilled Fish (T1) or better to gain fame. There are no pies at T4, T6 and T8.
The Grilled Fish reduces cooldowns by 3.8%.
Mastery raised with Chicken Omelette (T3) or better. Omelettes reduce Casting Times and Cooldowns. There are no omelettes at T4, T6 and T8.
Stews are available only at T4, T6 and T8 and you can get fame only by crafting Goat Stew (T4) or better. They give a boost to Combat Damage with the fish versions giving Cooldown Reduction as well.
Like stews, sandwiches are T4, T6 and T8 only and you need to craft Goat Sandwich (T4) or better to gain fame. They increase Maximum Health with the fish versions additionally giving a boost to Healing Received.
Get fame by crafting Raw Chicken (T3) or better and like Ingredients above, are not directly usable. Higher tier items: Raw Goat (T4), Raw Goose (T5), Raw Mutton (T6), Raw Pork (T7) and Raw Beef (T8).