I don't know if anyone else has investigated the new 2.1.2 recipes that were added last week, but I finally got around to it a few days ago. These are some interesting items, but part of me is still trying to puzzle out the logic behind the additions. First we have Stewed Trout, which uses the same fish as the existing recipe for Blackened Trout. It seems strange to add a new recipe for a component that had an existing recipe, even if it did create a rather uninspiring food.
The other two recipes use rare fish, meaning fish that are caught in low numbers (less than 2% on average). We are talking about the "off-hand" fish that you catch occasionally and were previously meant as a vanity item. Two of our three new recipes will now allow you to cook them and create some very nice high end food buffs. One is the Fisherman's Feast, which let's you turn a Huge Spotted Feltail into a food that gives the same buff as the Spicy Crawdad. The other is the Enormous Barbed Gill Trout that creates Hot Buttered Trout, a food with 7200 health *and* mana regen. It's like the Underspore Pods, but super-sized!
All of these new recipes return us back to the days when we were forced to use spices and liquids like a real cook. Kind of annoying actually. Now I'll have to plan ahead, calculate the right number of ingredients, make sure to visit the appropriate vendors, etc. I've gotten used to just finding a fire and whipping up all the various bits in my bag, heh. I'm not certain why they abandoned this methodology for the expansion and then reinstated it for 2.1.2 recipes, it's not like these foods are just so amazingly good that they need to up the ante.
For all the 350 level recipes, we now have an elevated materials requirement to make them. I guess I can see this since each item will be granting either the highest stamina bonus in the game or the highest health/mana regen available. Since the fish required to make them are all rare in some sense, it will difficult to mass produce these foods. Players will likely try to stockpile them for raids instead of squandering them on solo play. But the Stewed Trout isn't anything special, so I'm still baffled as to why it inherited the extra ingredients protocol.
I think the best thing we can say here is they created a use for the previously useless off-hand BC fish and in some minor way devalued the Furious Crawdad by adding a competing item. They also gave us a slightly better use for the Barbed Gill Trout that I've mostly been using as pet food.