EAT will allow a character to consume food. Characters are not required to eat and should be careful as to what they consume. Spoiled food can be made fresh again with Consecrate (1604).
EAT is also used for magical foods, which is often sold at festivals and pay events. Foods cannot normally be made with Magic Item Creation (420), and the spell versions are special in that they do not require any Magic Item Use (MIU) to use. On the other hand, training in MIU does not increase the duration of a spell effect received from eating a magical food. Most spells of variable duration (dependent on training) last ten minutes. Spells of set duration (e.g. Celerity (506)) last the duration normal for that spell.