John’s frying pan is not only used as a weapon of blunt destruction, but also, in towns and villages, for culinary creation. Ingredients are usually bought, not scavenged, and can be combined in various appetising ways to cook healthrestoring meals. Everything from hamburgers to fruit salads can be stored in John’s backpack – and often prove essential for making it through boss fights. Kitchen appliances play a vital role in the game: food can only be cooked using one of the rusted ovens found in many houses, while your ‘memories’ are stored in refrigerators – the game’s metaphor for saving. Food feels important, accentuating the sense that this is a team used to working hard for each crust. That salt is the world currency is telling.