Can't decide what to eat?
The Nintendo DS is truly a revolutionary
gaming console and best of all, the console has become quite popular
with the female gamer, even those who have never been considered a
gamer. As Nintendo continue to raise the bar on all their developments,
their latest endeavor is an interactive cooking guide called “Cooking
Guide: Can’t Device What to Eat?” and is not a game but actually an
interactive cooking book.
Although it may appear to be a regular cookbook, the software is quite
powerful and teaches you how to create over 250 different recipes from
around the world through words, pictures, movies and interactivity that
makes this the perfect kitchen compendium. Its intuitive menu system
shows everything you need before you start cooking from the ingredients
you need to collect at the supermarket and finally, the preparation of
the food. Needless to say, this program caters for both those who have
some talent in the kitchen and for extreme novices.
The system also contains a great search engine that allows you to search by a
variety of options such as country, calories and even cooking time. You
can even write the word that you are looking for in the search engine and provided
that it’s located in the database, it will display the recipe that you
Choosing a meal to create is quite simple thanks to the interactive
display and stylus which makes this process considerably enjoyable. The
system goes into great detail, such as displaying the length of time it will take
to make and
even the amount of calories contained in the meal.
The detail is quite thorough
with the recipes and if you follow these recipes to the letter, you will definitely
create some scrumptious treats. For instance, before you start, the
program shows you a list of ingredients and utensils needed to prepare
your food. You can even “bookmark” your favourite recipes and the
program does encourage you to be quite creative and explore new flavours.
The system is neatly divided into two
sections with a Chef as an “Avatar” who pops up in the left hand corner to assist you through the cooking
process and talks you through the meal preparation. Although you can
control the program with the stylus, there is also a hands free option
which is great for those messy cooking moments. Sayings “words” such as
move on or repeat allows you to control the software and at the end of
the day, the control system for the title is brilliant.
In conclusion, Cooking Guide - Can't Decide what to eat? has over 250 recipes, some easy to create, some
complex and the program is quite diverse with the meals that can be
Although using consoles for other things than games is not a new idea,
Nintendo have truly created a work of art that will not only improve your
cooking but will allow you to cook meals that you may never have