Cooking can be really boring to level as a high level player because you have to travel around Azeroth and farm all kinds of meats and eggs for the recipes.
Fortunately, there is a festival called Pilgrim’s Bounty which start at November 21, and ends at November 27. This festival is the best and fastest method to level your Cooking from 1 to 350! The ingredients are so cheap I just wrote estimate numbers, you might need to buy less or more of them.
Pilgrim Cooking Leveling Guide
Learn the first recipe called [Spice Bread Stuffing].
- 1 - 100
Make around 60 x [Spice Bread], then buy 60 x [Automnal Herbs] from Pilgrim vendors and make 60 x [Spice Bread Stuffing]. Don't forget to visit your trainer when you reach 75!
- 100 - 160
Buy 70 x [Ripe Tirisfal Pumpkin] - ([Ripe Elwynn Pumpkin] for Alliance) and 70 x [Honey]. Learn the recipe [Pumpkin Pie] and make it 70 times.
Don't forget to visit your trainer at 125!
- 160 - 220
Go to Orgrimmar/Ironforge, buy 70 x [Tangy Southfury Cranberries] - ([Tangy Wetland Cranberries] for Alliance) and 70 x [Honey].
Make 70 x [Cranberry Chutney].
- 220 - 280
Go to Thunder Bluff/Darnassus, visit your trainer and learn the next rank of Cooking. Buy 70 x [Mulgore Sweet Potato] - ([Teldrasil Sweet Potato] for Alliance), 70 x [Honey] and 70 [Autumnal Herbs].
Make 70 x [Candied Sweet Potato].
- 280 - 350
Go back to Undercity/Stormwind, visit your trainer, learn the next rank of Cooking then go outside and hunt Wild Turkeys. They drop [Wild Turkey] and fortunately it has 100% drop chance. You will need about 70 of them.
Buy 140 x [Honey] and 70 x [Automnal Herbs].
Make 70 x [Slow-Roasted Turkeys].
As of today patch 4.2.2, this recipe is giving skill up while gray all the way up to 430. (2 skills per up to 405). I'm not sure if this is a bug or it is intended.
This is by far the cheapest and fastest way to level cooking you’ll ever get. Now if you are done, visit my Cooking leveling guide to continue leveling up your Cooking skill!