Before I picked up this err, “game”, I could only really cook 10-20 things reliably well and they were all pretty simple. Now though, all in this last week, I’ve cooked Spain-style Omelettes, smoked salmon with ponzu sauce and onions, fried garlic pumpkin, Thai-style shrimp salad and mushroom cream spaghetti. It’s also improved my omelette rice into something that tastes and looks much more palatable.
Sure, I bet there’s something like this for the PC, but there’s no way it can as convenient, because of the portable factor. You can do things like plan out your diet for the week based on several factors, such as calory-intake or ingredients and foods you are allergic to, and have the DS point out what you’ll need at the supermarket in order to have all the ingredients on top of what you have at home.
There’s no need to even touch the DS, as it you can set it pretty far away and command it via voice, and the DS will also read the recipe to you. You can ask it to repeat directions, make its voice louder and be a little more specific or detailed if you don’t understand something. If you want to get up close, there are videos and pictures showing what you need to do for the complicated recipes where text alone might be confusing.
You can modify the recipes as well, and have the DS read what you input out loud. You can also have it change the amount you need for each ingredient based on how many people you are serving, which has been really helpful for me, as I’m very helter skelter and thus far, anywhere from just myself to a party of seven friends and family have eaten by delicous creations.
Better yet, my food actually looks like that stuff you see in restaurant photos when it’s done.
Oh man, this is so cool. You can complain all day long that it isn’t a real game (unless you think including the Game & Watch cook game makes it one) but this is so damn cool and useful, I don’t care. I’m sure there are other cooking programs for the PC that offer good stuff, but since it’s Nintendo, the company that can make math problems fun, one gets a certain amount of the benefit of the doubt. And I’m glad I gave them it!
This thing rocks city blocks!