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|“||The recipe book, together with the advancements system, will help new players to learn the game and give advanced players a new challenge.||„|
|—Maria Lemón on advancements and recipe books|
|“||The way it works in vanilla survival* is that you either "discover" a recipe by crafting it manually, or some other condition where we think "okay now you have sticks, we'll teach you how to make a pickaxe". After a recipe is "discovered" it's available in this recipe book, an optional thing you can click to in a crafting screen. From there you can see all the recipes you've discovered and how to craft them, so you don't need to google for the shape and ingredients.
*I say vanilla survival because this is customizable. For example, a custom map could require you to only craft things they've given you, and nothing else. In vanilla survival this is purely a tool to help remember recipes you don't use much, or teach you about new ones that you may not have known about.
|—Dinnerbone on using the recipe book|
The recipe book can be displayed in either the 2x2 (inventory) or 3x3 (crafting table) grids. Simply enter the crafting GUI and press the button with the knowledge book; the recipe book will then be displayed to the left.
Recipes are stored in several different tabs:
- The first, topmost tab contains every unlocked recipe.
- The second tab contains tools, weapons, and armor.
- The third tab contains building materials.
- The fourth tab contains food items and miscellaneous things.
- The fifth tab contains redstone materials.
Clicking on an item in the list will display its crafting recipe in the nearby 2x2 or 3x3 grid. The item can then be crafted if the materials are available; otherwise, the button containing the item will be highlighted red. Holding the click button will show alternate patterns for the same crafting recipe (for example, holding click on a banner recipe will show all the possible banners using different colored wools). Shift-clicking an item in the list puts all available materials in the crafting grid.
The button in the top right corner of the recipe book toggles between "Show all" and "Show craftable", the latter of which displays only recipes for which you have the necessary materials in your inventory. The top-left corner also contains a search bar to further narrow the list.
Note that the 2x2 recipe book will only display recipes that can be crafted in the 2x2 grid; if you want to see every possible recipe, you must use the 3x3 recipe book.
Recipes are unlocked upon meeting certain criteria (for instance, gathering materials, being near water, having a certain number of filled inventory slots, etc.) or by using a knowledge book. Using a crafting recipe will also unlock it, so long as
/gamerule doLimitedCrafting remains false.
Recipes can also be given - or taken away - by using the
List of recipe unlocking criteria
Player.dat root tag
recipes A list of all recipes the player has seen.
: the name of a recipe, for instance
toBeDisplayed A list of all recipes the player has unlocked, but not viewed in the crafting helper yet.
: the name of a recipe, for instance
isFilteringCraftable: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has enabled the "Show Craftable" feature in the recipe book.
isGuiOpen: 0 or 1 (true/false). True if the player has a GUI open.
|October 30, 2015||Developers discussed the possibility of a recipe book during a Pocket Edition/Windows 10 Edition Q&A livestream.|
|September 25, 2016||At MineCon 2016, Tommaso Checchi explained the need for a recipe book while discussing the unification of the desktop and pocket platforms.|
|1.12||March 23, 2017||Maria Lemón revealed the new recipe book feature.|
|17w13a||Added the recipe book.|
|17w14a||Changed the icon on the trigger button from a standard book to a knowledge book.|
|Added a shift-click ability to the recipe book that puts all available materials in the crafting grid.|
|Added a new pop-up notification that appears when new recipes are unlocked.|
|Added an easter egg that appears when searching for "excited" within the recipe book.|
|17w15a||The icon in the pop-up notification now quickly cycles through all recipes that were unlocked.|
|17w17a||Optimized the recipe book.|
|17w18a||Optimized recipe book, fixing several issues with the "Show craftable" option.|
|The word that triggers the easter egg is now "excitedze" rather than "excited".|
|pre1||Further optimizations to the recipe book.|
|pre3||Optimized recipe searching.|
|pre6||Further optimizations to searching, especially while using mods.|
|release||Added toast sounds.|
|1.2||build 1||Added the recipe book.|
|build 5||Added a button for how to use the recipe book.|
|build 8||Added a button to open/close the recipe book.|
- If you search for "excitedze" in the recipe book, your language switches to Pirate Speak.
- This is a reference to "ExcitedZE", an alias used by Maria Lemón, whose avatar is a pirate.
First look at the recipe book. Image tweeted by Maria Lemón.