I bought this product after using the Cooking Guide for the DS Lite. Both offer recipes, the latter one being of a more exotic nature as they are recipes from all over the world.
There are a fair view recipes in this product from starters to desserts. The basis of this product is to show you how to make good quality filling foods easily. I have tried several recipes which have all been met with much approval by the rest of the family. The recipes are easy to follow.
However, I prefer the Cooking Guides method of delivering the recipes which sees all the prep work done first then you move on to the cooking. This product goes from one to the other at the various stages. The Cooking Guide also keeps a track of how many times you have done a recipe which I think is handy if you intend trying different ones all of the time.
You can eliminate unnecessary recipes but it is a bit rudimentary compared to the Cooking Guide. This product allows you to select meat products for example but not a particular meat or a particular ingredient which is what the Cooking Guide does. However, it does display the ingredients necessary for that particular stage which is handy on the upper screen whilst the bottom screen displays the method. In the Cooking Guide you have to touch the ingredients section to check how much you need to use, then go back to the recipe.
Comparing the product to an traditional recipe book is unfavourable as a book would contain more recipes, however, the use of the ds lite makes cooking more fun. Both this and the Cooking Guide plays a tune when you are cooking, the latter has tunes from the country you are making the recipe from.
However, the Cooking Guide also has a rather annoying chef which keeps saying pardon when the machine hears any noise and then jumps back to previous stages as it is voice activated. This product isn't voice activated so remains on the page you are on which I think is better.
This product makes an ideal gift for anyone (adult) with a DS Lite that wants to learn to cook or like myself just try new recipes. It brings a bit of fun into the kitchen and takes up less room than a book.
I can definitely recommend it.