America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking
Whip up some good eats with Nintendo's digital cookbook.
Nintendo's first stab at a DS cookbook, Personal Trainer: Cooking, was full of delicious recipes but didn't have an even amount per country. That was ultimately a deal breaker for some American gamers who didn't feel like eating Japanese cuisine. The publisher hopes to fix that with America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking, a more comprehensive and U.S. inspired piece of software designed to transform you into a culinary wizard.
Based on the hit PBS show, Let's Get Cooking features 300 unique recipes created (and of course, eaten) by the folks from America's Test Kitchen, including fried chicken, apple pie and beer can chicken (can't wait to try that one). Similar to its predecessor, it features step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each meal, either through text or voice; you know, so the DS doesn't get dirty.
Right away, you'll notice that everything's much more user friendly than Personal Trainer: Cooking. First, you can create multiple profiles and have everyone contribute to a recipe, so if you need to chop an onion, grandma can clean the chicken. More importantly, you can set parameters depending on the person's age. If, for example, a young kid wants to help, you can set it so none of their assignments require the use of a knife or an oven. You can even wirelessly send recipes from your DS to someone else's, regardless of whether or not they own the game.
In addition, there are a ton of videos that walk you through the recipes, as well as sub-recipes that'll allow you to make the sauce or marmalade for a dish. Basically, the game never leaves you hanging.
On top of that, you can rate your favorite recipes, search by ingredient, calorie count and even difficulty. Plus, the game will sell for a budget friendly $19.99 when Nintendo releases it March 28th. That makes America's Test Kitchen the unavoidable impulse-buy, especially if you loved Personal Trainer: Cooking.