I was playing around with @Froggy cook mod and an idea came to me. What if we have temporary food buffs? Food satisfaction doesn’t seem to do much right now and permanent buffs makes hearthlings unreasonably OP over time. The buff will last from when they eat the food till when they go to sleep ~12h (or can have variable lengths as well).
Using Froggy’s mod, some examples of buffs would be:
Meat Pie + 1 Def
Meat & Potato Pie + 2 Def
Stew + 1 Attack
Pumpkin Pie +5% Speed
To take this to the next level, add debuffs to offset buffs. Like alcohol -5% speed, -2 Def, +10 Attack.
I can’t help but imagine the one hearthling that drinks the coffee and starts zipping around town with a +20% speed caffeine high, but can’t sleep and becomes groggy and useless the next day.