The Sims 4 is the perfect game to pass the time. Even though it's been years, there's something new to discover every time you sit down to play, whether it's from EA or the custom content community.
If you are already familiar with the Eco Lifestyle expansion and can't wait for the next releases, there is nothing left but to dive right into the world of mods and CC.
And what better place to start than by reviewing TS4's food and cooking?
The base game's systems can feel a bit rudimentary at times, and we all need variety in our diets to live healthy and happy lives, even Sims.
So join me as I take a look at the best culinary mods that will take your Sims' dining experience to the next level.
20The grocery store mod
Before your Sims can cook, they must fill their pantry and stock the fridge with ingredients that open up culinary possibilities.
In previous episodes of The Sims you were allowed to visit themarket foodand similar places from the beginning. But The Sims 4 is a little different... Well, expect you to grow food yourself or find it randomly in the world.
Simulate the cooking experience with this amazing SmagGeorge modmore realisticphysically going to the store to get everything you need for a balanced meal. As in real life!
In my current life, I never actually go to the supermarket. It's the 2020s, after all, so we're now shopping for our groceries from the comfort of our beds. Welcome to modernity.
From the infamous creator SrslySims, this mod allows your Sim to enjoy their sedentary lifestyle without sacrificing healthy eating.
Hungry? Just have your Sim order groceries from a phone, tablet, computer, or even a cash register if they just want some food at work.
Thanks to this plugin, all fish, items and flowers can be produced.throughout the gameis just a click away.
It is also compatible with other mods that also add new ingredients. Refined!
18More portion options and better mealtime menus
Once you have your ingredients ready, it's time to call the family and serve them a hot and hearty meal that will hopefully give them some positive benefits instead of sending them to the bathroom.
As a family cook, it can often be a chore to cook each serving.
And sometimes standard serving sizes just aren't enough.
This LittleMsSam mod fixes this problem by allowing you to choose how many meals to cook in detail.
Whether you want a romantic dinner for two, a special party meal for seven Sims, or just a cheese sandwich, your Sim will be ready to measure ingredients and prepare them with precision.
The default drink selection in The Sims 4 isn't exactly extensive.
What better way to fuel that than with health-boosting beverages that will keep your Sim active and energized throughout the day.
Creator LittleMsSam decided to improve the lifestyle of her Sims and make these healthy drinks available everywhere drinks are made and served.
Options include carrot juice, spinach juice, lemon juice, and even plasma fruit juice.the bloodsuckersin the family.
And these healthy drinks aren't just for show. They also give your Sims positive health-related benefits, such as a happy mood and a small boost to their health.physical ability.
sixteen.Junk Food Essbars
Let's be honest. Most of us haven't had a healthy drink in weeks (or at least our Sims haven't!)
The one thing that is never lacking in most of our homes are snacks and lots of junk food.
Sims living their whimsical lives are primed to indulge in the same unhealthy pleasures as humans. Even so, your options are somewhat limited.
To expand your snack repertoire, the creator of CC Around The Sims brings us this pack of iconic treats consisting of Nutella chips, Oreos, and Pringles in different flavors.
Does anyone else get hungry reading this?
Junk food is delicious, but we should do everything we can to avoid it, or so my gym teacher used to say.
One of the best ways to eat healthy is to learn lots of fresh food recipes.
Creator LittleMsSam makes this so much easier for our Sims by providing these diverse cookbooks that teach a Sim to cook a variety of experimental recipes, seafood, and more.
All in about 60 minutes of play.
You can also have the NPCs read these books so they also know how to best prepare these dishes. That way they can make them for you, which saves you a lot of time.
A new:look in a butler.
14Personalized interactions with food
One of the main food-related mods you can download is TheFoodGroup's Custom Food Interactions, a requirement for most of your recipe CC packs.
After installing this mod, you will notice that you now have a custom food option wherever you have regular interactions with food.
You can cook custom food on the stove, feed your kid custom food, and even cook vampire-friendly food.
This makes it easier to find all your shiny new recipes, and allows your Sim to enjoy the custom treats you've painstakingly sourced for them.
13Personalized drink interactions
And why stop at custom food when you could upgrade this simulator by installing TheFoodGroup's custom drink interactions?
Fancy an apricot bellini? A pink lady?
Maybe some cocoa with marshmallows, perhaps?
Custom drink interactions can make it easier for your Sim to have a little flavor in a cup anywhere drinks are normally available.
If you've been using mods for a while, you might know this mod as IceMunMun Custom Drink Interactions.
This is the updated version maintained by another group after IceMunMun withdrew the project.
12grocery delivery service
Lately I've been busy with work and other projects, so I've had to rely on my favorite nearby restaurants to support me through their delivery services.
Just as I can increase my time by not cooking my own meals, your Sims should be able to enjoy the wonders of ordering meals.
Now, thanks to LittleMsSam's Food Delivery Service mod, they can.
Where originally they could only order pizza, now your Sims haveincredible culinary varietyOn hand 24 hours a day.
You can order individual, family or group size according to your needs. And delivery only costs them 25 simoleons, plus the cost of preparing the food.
If you're interested in easy-to-use mods, Granny's Cookbook from creator Littlebowbub won't disappoint.
You just add a cookbook decoration that you can place wherever you see fit.
You can then interact with it and choose from a variety of recipes divided into cold drinks, hot drinks, fast food, and grandma's recipes.
These recipes range from simple things like Chicken Meatball Soup to experimental dishes like Coconut Bread Beef Patty or Mango Thai Sticky Rice.
Whether you want a snack, drink, or larger meal, simply select a recipe and your Sim will take care of the rest.
And hopefully not burn down the house.
10drinkable hot drinks
The creator AroundTheSims usually focuses on visual enhancements and decorative CC for The Sims 4.
These beautifully sculpted hot drinks started out as decorations before the creator had the bright idea to turn them into functional drinks as well.
This pack contains all kinds of hot drinks with a unique look to keep you warm and stylish on a rainy day. Or just invite your friends over and have a friendly chat over steaming drinks.
It even includes some lesser-known multicultural options like Japanese tea and yerba mate for our Argentinian and Syrian friends.
9.drinkable alcoholic beverages
AroundTheSims continues the series of repurposed decorative drinks with another mod: Drinkable Alcoholic Drinks.
This expands the aesthetic possibilities of The Sims 4 to better reflect the realities of drinking in the 21st century.
It includes several staples from bartenders around the world, like the mai thai and margarita, as well as domestic classics like Bailey's on the rocks.
Each of these iconic drinks will have a different effect on your Sim, so it's fun to get them drunk and see what happens.
And of course, drink responsibly!
8.McDonald's Custom Food and Drinks
If you like to see McDonald's in games, you'll have a lot of fun with AroundTheSims McDonald's Custom Food & Drinks.
These beautifully sculpted colorful treats include desserts, fries, chicken nuggets and burgers in bright red and yellow wrappers with gold bows.
That's a lot of variety to experience in one session. So you'll probably be ordering at McDonald's for a while.
The package also includes manythemed furnitureand devices to create your own McDonald's in The Sims 4. Yes, seriously!
7.Ask if you want to cook/bake/grill/mix drinks
We all know someone who has never had to lift a finger to prepare their own food. You are a fact of life!
And they should be in The Sims 4 too, if we aspire to a certain level of realism.
This simple LittleMsSam mod allows you to ask other Sims, including NPCs, to take care of your cooking needs by interacting with the same devices you would normally use.
This is great for the lazy Sim who never leaves their room and any butler/maid situation you want to set up.
Just remember that the Sim needs to know the recipe before they can cook something for you.
6.Don't wash the dishes where you're mad pooping
One of the most common complaints and occasional memes regarding The Sims 4 has to be the fact that Sims seem to like to wash dishes in somewhat... unusual places.including the bathroom.
This has a lot to do with the fact that the AI only sees bathroom and kitchen sinks as "basins".
That's what Scumbumbo's humorously titled mod wants to address here.
This allows you to manually tell your Sims which sinks are safe to wash and which ones should be left alone.
That way, his odd behavior won't pull you out of his dive, and you'll have fewer awkward bathroom encounters.
5.Don't prepare food where you're going to poop in anger.
Like the previous mod, Don't Prepare Food Where You Angry Poop allows you to manually set ovens and safe cooking surfaces throughout the house.
This will prevent your Sims from having a lot of awkward moments with their roommates, family members, and the occasional guest.
These may be simple mods, but they deserve to be at the top because they are so useful and important.
Would it really be that difficult for EA to take care of it in the base game?
4.AsteriaSims Food Texture Rework
One of the most coveted enhancements in The Sims 4 are those that make your game look more realistic...or just better.
A great way to achieve this when it comes to food is AsteriaSim's Food Textures Overhaul, a whole pack of attractive textures that will make your Sim's food look just as delicious as you would in real life.
This package is intricately detailed, as seen in the bowls with individually rendered grains of rice.
This fried chicken is also among the most realistic I've ever seen.
3.UtopiaSims Food Textures
Another excellent selection of improved textures that you definitely shouldn't install if you're watching your weight are the many food textures in UtopiaSims.
They are colorful, warm and look delicious.
Best of all, they do it without betting on a photorealistic look that forces you to change everything so that the food does not look out of place surrounded by the vanilla clay aesthetic.
2.Kitchen Makeover and Ingredients by GrayCurse
If you're not looking for a cosmetic upgrade, but rather a robust culinary addition to the game, then creator GrayCurse's cooking and ingredients overhaul is what you need.
This attractive mod makes cooking a more challenging and in-depth endeavor by adding a lot more ingredients.
You get things like cheese, flour, eggs, milk, and sugar. It also makes recipes more complex.
In this way, you must first get the ingredients for each dish.
However, don't worry about the added complexity that will leave your Sim hungry. You can get most of it by buying it from the fridge.
1.Srsly's Complete Kitchen Review
Similar to our previous entry, Srsly's Cooking Review is changing recipes to make them more complex thanks to more precise ingredient lists.
Just like in real life, your Sims are now constantly short of ingredients for their recipes.
To make up for this, Srsly is also allowing us to order them through the food delivery service covered above, which is a key part of this larger overhaul.
The ingredients come wrapped, which is elegant and attractive as a temporary decoration. It would be nice to have that in real life, right?
But if you need just one mod that will really supercharge your TS4 cooking experience, this is it.