After browsing the offical FFXIV website and looking through "The Delicacies of Life" section I noticed something.
"The unwritten laws of culinary endeavor maintain that the first step in food preparation is effective use of the target crystal called for by the recipe being followed."
Is this to say that there will be different types of crystals used in cooking in FFXIV? And if so, I wonder what the types will be. I would assume they would follow the elements like the crystals of FFXI, but I seem to remember hearing somewhere that there won't be any elemental crystals in FFXIV. I could be mistaken though.