Aurie Taamu is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.(BotW | TotK) He does not ever actually appear in either game, but is detailed through his own writings and descriptions by other characters.
Certain characteristics imply that Aurie Taamu is a reference to Tingle, particularly his manner of language and that he is a 35-year-old bachelor with a strong interest in Fairies. However, whether the two are actually related remains unclear.
Breath of the Wild
At some point after he was 35, Aurie Taamu's first book was published, documenting his knowledge of Cooking special effects, Elixirs and Fairies. His second book was published an unknown period of time later and expanded on his knowledge of Cooking special effects, as well as covering Monster Extract and Cooking for monetary gain. In this book he also explained that he learnt all he knew from someone he described as a dear friend, although he was unable to recall the person's name.
During his life, Aurie Taamu was involved in a love triangle involving Ashai and Isha. It is unknown exactly what happened between the three of them, except that it ended badly and that both Ashai and Isha remain single to this day.
Not much else is known about Aurie Taamu, other than that he went to bed early, was afraid of Insects, and considered himself to be a pure soul. He was, by his own admission, an impatient man and always kept some hasty foods on hand as a result.
Tears of the Kingdom
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- "Chef Aurie Taamu, Vol. 1" — Game Screen (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "Is the desert a harsh environment with extreme temperature differences? Sure. But a place of death? No!
The desert's the place where life truly comes alive! A sand sea of energy where you can draw out all of your power.
After all, it was under that hot desert sun where I first dined on a dish made with fire fruit.
I felt my strength light up like a flambé. Monsters I struggled against before fell before me like flies!
I'd never felt such joy, such strength! Then the desert heat overwhelmed me, and I collapsed in a heap.
The moral is although fire fruit increases your strength, it doesn't offer any protections from the heat.
Power and protection—such a fine pairing that it's hard to choose one to give up.
I am the man who eats his way through Hyrule's harshest environments.
-Chef Aurie Taamu, Wizard of Food" — Note on the Table (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "The bitter cold is making my eyes glaze over... I fear my time is almost up.
Faced with this frigid onslaught, I wolfed down some sautéed peppers to ward off the cold and downed them with a drink.
But suddenly, a chill came over me. "Strange," I thought, "I'm fairly certain sautéed peppers are cold-resistant...
Then I looked at the bottle I held in my hand—a cooling elixir. I'd just taken a swig of a heat-resistant beverage.
It seems that if you eat a second dish while the effect of the first dish is active, the original effect is lost.
Failure is the amuse-bouche of learning, and I, Chef Aurie Taamu, have eaten my share.
My journey to culinary mastery continues.
-Chef Aurie Taamu, Fearless of Failure" — Note on the Table (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "All my life I've lived for food, and food has lived for me. I always thought anything was edible with prep and effort. Until now.
This strange, mechanical, horn-like thing someone gave me on the road was definitively inedible.
If it were from a monster, I could cook or boil it, make it into a medicine, find SOME way to get it into my stomach...
So, what creature is this from? I was told it fell from the sky during the Upheaval, but what does that mean?
Perhaps I tried to eat something beyond our understanding...
The wonders truly never cease.
-Chef Aurie Taamu, Food's Dance Partner" — Note on the Table (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "The road of a gourmand is fraught with thorns. It's why I choose to travel alone.
But this life does have its share of lonely nights. That's when you need to shine a light to keep the darkness at bay.
These newly discovered "bright" ingredients have the strange effect of making the body glow.
I recently discovered that the intensity of the light changes depending on the material you use.
For instance, when I ate a dish cooked with a glowing cave fish, I produced more light than I did after my brightcap dish.
I wonder if the effect is more powerful the harder the ingredient is to collect...
Or could the quantity of each material play a part somehow? I clearly have more experimenting to do.
There is no shame in not knowing, for beyond that lies the joy of knowing.
Tonight I am the candlelight.
-Chef Aurie Taamu, the Lonely Cook" — Note on the Table (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "This well proved more comfortable than I expected. Not too hot, not too cold... Cozy, really. For a well.
I had no need for heat-resistant chilly ingredients or cold-resistant warm ones. I cooked for pleasure instead of survival.
For a time, I considered tilling the soil in here, living off the land until the end of my days. But times have changed.
The Upheaval formed a myriad of new caves. Consider my curiosity piqued.
Unexplored lands are a veritable buffet of cooking materials, and I, Aurie Taamu, intend to dig in!
If you seek fortune, keep moving.
-Aurie Taamu, Master of Cuisine" — Note on the Table (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "Today, I fell off a cliff. Note to self—mountain climbing on a rainy day remains a bad idea.
How are sticky frogs able to walk so effortlessly across such slick surfaces when I just slip and fall?
If I combined sticky frogs and monster materials, could I brew an elixir that lets me climb wet cliffs without slipping?
A beverage like that might make for a perfect rainy-day aperitif...
My search for fine food continues.
-Chef Aurie Taamu, Temporarily Fallen" — Note on the Table (Tears of the Kingdom)
- "That book was written by an amazing chef, Aurie Taamu. Just between us... He was the voe that our teacher was in love with once. Or so I hear... If you can't reach it, would you like me to read it for you?" — Dina (Breath of the Wild)
- "Most ingredients can imbue their meals with some unique effects. Ingredients that have cold properties can help you resist heat. Ingredients that have hearty properties can fully heal you and grant you temporary bonus vitality! There are many other effects to be found among ingredients. You just have to experiment! And don't forget! Combining ingredients with the same effect may increase the effect's strength or duration... But combining ingredients with different effects may cancel their effects out, so you must be careful. I, Aurie Taamu, am admittedly quite impatient, so I always have speed-increasing hasty foods on hand!" — Chef Aurie Taamu, Vol. 1 (Breath of the Wild)
- "It is said that fairies truly do exist in the world, but that they will only appear before an individual with a pure soul. One theory suggests that some special kind of cooking might be possible if you used the power of a fairy... I, Aurie Taamu, have been a pure soul for over 35 years. I expect my fairy will arrive any day now..." — Chef Aurie Taamu, Vol. 1 (Breath of the Wild)
- "This collection of Aurie Taamu's notes is so amazing! I feel like I learn something new each time I read it." — Dina (Breath of the Wild)
- "You can cook up an elixir by mixing a bug part and a monster part together. Elixirs can be made in pots, just like food, and with valuable ingredients, the elixir's effect will get stronger! You can also add acorns or Chickaloo tree nuts to impact your elixir with healing properties. However... I Aurie Taamu, am deathly afraid of insects and would never even think of touching them. Fortunately, there are regular meals that you can cook which will produce the same effects as elixirs." — Chef Aurie Taamu, Vol. 1 (Breath of the Wild)
- "Sometimes you'll witness incredible success in your cooking adventures. When this happens, the strength and duration of your cooked food's effects will increase well beyond normal. Using more than the usual number of ingredients is a sure way to boost the effects of your food. But I’ve also heard rumors that the light of the red moon can have a positive effect on your cooking as well. I haven't checked this myself, though. I get sleepy in the evenings, so I've never even seen the red moon." — Chef Aurie Taamu, Vol. 2 (Breath of the Wild)
- "Monster extract is an ingredient that boost the effects of any dish that it has been added to. With just one monster extract, you can raise the power and duration of the effects of your dish. However, you never really know quite how the dish will turn out. Sometimes it will raise the effect by a lot, and other times... Well not so much. However, I, Aurie Taamu, am not a man who relies solely on luck!" — Chef Aurie Taamu, Vol. 2 (Breath of the Wild)
- "There are many in the world who will gladly pay for the dishes a chef creates! A cooked meal can easily sell for more than the individual components you used to make it. And don’t forget, the more ingredients you pour into a meal, the greater the value of that meal! That's basic math! Did I learn all this from experience? No, of course not! I learned it from a friend! A dear friend! Who was a great chef! I can't recall his name right now, but he was a friend, to be sure!" — Chef Aurie Taamu, Vol. 2 (Breath of the Wild)
- "Apparently she and the teacher of the relationship class, Ashai, were embroiled in a tragic love triangle... They're both single, so I guess we know how that went..." — Cara (Breath of the Wild)