Food serves two purposes in the wonderous world of Dragon's Prophet. The first is to boost 3 main stats and HP - these come in salads, soups or meat / fish dishes for the various stat combinations. The second purpose is to help you extract items from harvesting nodes. What an extraction rate is that these side dishes seem to boost is not entirely clear or noticeable. But if you think that is the wonderous part, then please take a look at the ingredient list. Gordon Ramsey would not have enough curse words available to express his admiration for these choices.