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How to unlock cooking in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In the newest update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players can unlock the ability to cook, and create delicious recipes. These food dishes, deserts, and drinks can be used for many purposes. You can use them to create the perfect dinner for your villagers, show off to your friends, or simply to enjoy eating yummy meals. So, how do you unlock the ability to cook and learn recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?  

When you load into your game make your way to the resident services building. Then go to the Nook Stop and select Redeem Nook Miles. Look for the Be a Chef! DIY Recipes and buy it for 2,000 Nook Miles. Then the app will be loaded into your Nook Phone. Now you will be able to cook at any stove or kitchen island. When you learn cooking you also get a new DIY recipe for a stonework kitchen, just in case you do not have a stove yet.  

Next, head to Nook’s Cranny because they sell an important item. Once inside go to the cabinets and open it up. You will want to find the Basic Cooking Recipes item and buy it for 4,980 bells. This will send more recipes to your phone.


Nook’s Cranny will also occasionally sell food and drinks in their store. Buying or eating these does not teach you their recipes, but they still look tasty if you want to grab a bite to eat, or use them for decoration.   

Now, how can you learn more recipes? One way is by fishing because catching certain fish will strike your character with inspiration. This will unlock lots of unique fish dishes to enjoy. If you are thinking of just picking up some fish you have in tanks for recipes, think again because this does not work. You must catch the fish in the wild to learn new recipes.  

You can also find cooking recipes in similar ways to DIY recipes. You can find them from presents you shoot down, inside bottles on the beach, and from villagers crafting in their homes. 

Eating food is not just for show, as dishes do give you lots of energy. The amount of energy you get does depend on what you eat or drink. Drinks give only two energy, while food dishes give you five energy. Gaining energy from these foods is great because you no longer have to eat ten fruits every time you want to do some landscaping.


Many of the cooking recipes use new crops added in the 2.0 update. To gain access to these crops you will need to buy their seeds from Leif, and grow the crops over three days. If you are worried about Leif not visiting your town, there is a solution. You can get a permanent shop for Leif on Harv’s Island. I will have a detailed guide on how to do this coming soon.  

It is also possible to find full grown crops on the islands that Kapp’n takes you to. If you are lucky enough to find an island with a new crop, you can dig it up and bring it back to plant on your island. You can also pick the ripe plants to get ingredients right away for cooking.

This is how you can unlock cooking in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Stay tuned for more guides on the new content introduced in the 2.0 update!  

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