Food is a type of item used to restore health to a player and bestow certain beneficial effects. Eating food typically takes 30 seconds to gain the full health restoration, and the player must remain seated while eating. Most food is created through cooking, though certain types are sold by vendors or given as quest rewards. Many foods have a minimum level requirement to eat.
The health restored by eating is given on a second-by-second basis; therefore, one does not need to eat for the whole 30 seconds to gain benefit, and is actually better off returning to adventuring once they've reached full health. It is possible to both eat and drink at the same time.