Cooking is a profession that provides flavor to the game, no pun intended. Most mobs labeled as beasts have common drops for cooking. You can also take up fishing which will ease the pain of cooking and make the trip to Grand Master easier. This guide will support several options for everyone, even those with a strong aversion to fishing.
|Pattern obtained through Trainer.
|Pattern obtained from Vendor.
|Pattern obtained through Quest.
|Pattern obtained from Auction House. (Or lucky world drop)
|Pattern obtained from Profession only drop.
You don’t have to travel to far to complete this quest, all of the items can now be found in Tanaris.
|Spice Bread *
80 Mild Spices
|Spiced Wolf Meat *
10 Mild Spices
|Smoked Bear Meat **
|Strider Stew A***/H**
10 Shiny Red Apple
|Crab Cake *
25 Mild Spices
|Big Bear Steak **/H***
35 Hot Spices
|Curiously Tasty Omelet **/A***
25 Hot Spices
|Roast Raptor **
40 Hot Spices
|Spider Sausage *
|Monster Omelet **
50 Soothing Spices
|Charred Bear Kabobs **
|Smoked Desert Dumplings ***
15 Soothing Spices
Several of the patterns I have mentioned are obtained through quests but have a faction alternate that can be obtained by vendor. If you have finished these quests in the past and have sold or trashed them, you will need to find a way to obtain them through the opposing faction vendor or find an alternative. The only quest that both sides can do is for the Smoked Desert Dumplings.
The quest you need to get this recipe is Desert Dumplings which is given by the Calandrath, the innkeeper of Cenarion Hold. Calandrath will send you out to find a recipe the Twilight’s Hammer use to prepare sandworm. The scroll can be found at 37, 45 which will start you on the second portion to return to Calandrath with Sharing the Knowledge. Upon completion you will learn how to make Smoked Desert Dumplings, of which you might want to hang onto at least 10 of these. You can do the quick follow-up Kitchen Assistance for a little gold, rep, and maybe experience if you’re not at the cap yet.
Runn Tum Tuber Surprise
As an alternative to Desert Dumplings should you not be able to obtain the recipe for some reason you could try Runn Tum Tuber Surprise. This is an uncommon drop from a boss mob in Dire Maul:
To engage Pusillin you need to enter through the East sides Northern/Front Entrance [MAP]. Most would recommend if you are familiar with the event that you clear the path all the way to the back entrance to Dire Maul located at the Laris Pavilion just north of Camp Mojache in Feralas. If you are not familiar with the event there are plenty of walk-thrus on how to go about this, but you can simply talk to him and he’ll run away to start the event. Clear the path along the top tier till you find him again, if you are below level 70 you will NOT be able to avoid the the Warpwood Crushers even if you try to walk along the courtyard ledge. You may have to make this run once or twice, but this pattern is almost a guaranteed drop.
Once you have obtained this recipe you will be need to farm the Warpwood Pods scattered all about the instance. Be wary, they have a chance to backfire and either spray you with toxic green mist or spawn 3 to 5 Whip Lashers, but you should be able to get enough for that final run to 300.