How To Cook In Dungeons & Dragons

Art by Kendrick Drews
Art by Kendrick Drews

A few months ago, I proposed a wild idea: Dungeons & Dragons—except you cook what you kill. After a little tinkering, I’m happy to report that my mechanics for cooking in D&D are now widely available.


There aren’t always easy-baked ways for players to collaboratively role-play in every D&D game. Cooking is a great way for players to goof off after a long day of very serious saving-the-world or, alternatively, give purpose to the average combat encounter. In a recent homebrew campaign, I asked players to find a dungeon’s two largest monsters, make them fight each other and cook up the survivor to a judge’s liking.

Here is a link to my cooking mechanics, which are are up on D&D’s Dungeon Masters Guild, a site where players post their homebrew adventures, rules and the like. I offer suggestions on how dungeon masters can incorporate cooking into their game and look at their campaign setting through a culinary lens. Also, I explain how players can forage for ingredients in the process of dungeon-crawling. When it comes to actually frying up some mandrake tempura, cooking works in three parts that depend on different skill checks: prep (Dexterity or Wisdom), execution (Intelligence or Strength) and plating (Charisma and Constitution). Two skill checks are listed per stage-of-cooking so any character can get involved. Check out the mechanics and let me know what you think!


Full disclosure: There isn’t an option for “Do not pay me” on the Dungeon Masters Guild, so the price is “Pay what you want” with a suggested price of free. Wizards of the Coast, who I write about, takes a cut of what’s purchased on the site, FYI.

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Xanathar’s Guide to Everything actually expands on the uses of artisan’s tools, including cooking utensils. Basically if you have proficiency in a certain skill as well as cooking utensils, you get advantage on certain rolls involving cooking and that skill. In addition you can cook meals that heal the party if you’re proficient in cooking utensils.

Also when it comes to cooking certain creatures in D&D, what are the ethics of eating intelligent creatures like Dragons. I mean people use Dragon scales to make armor but that doesn’t technically require the Dragon to be dead. Furthermore could a human of a good alignment eat a non-human humanoid such as a Lizardfolk and still be considered good?