41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A great aid for any cook!!!,
This review is from: Cooking Guide: Can't Decide What to Eat? (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I saw this advertised and had to buy it, even if it was just to find out that it wasn't as good as I thought it would be... However having used it last night to make a very nice bolognese dish I can confirm that it does exactly what it says it does.
There are recipes from around the world, and the recipes can be adjusted to cater for different numbers of portions, however this is only in multiples of 2 which when you have a family of 3 can mean either making too little or too much.
The instructions on how to prepare the ingredients are great, the video clips are easy to follow and I recommend it to anyone who is starting out with cooking. The shopping list is fantastic for making sure you have all the ingredients and if you live in an area where you cannot purchase "foreign" ingredients there are a list of alternatives which can be used.
The only downside is the voice activation. When I used it I discovered that the sound of chopping ingredients would make the program skip back a place, or even more frustratingly, make the chef repeat things he had already said. I think though that I will have to persevere with trial and error when it comes to the placement of the DS when I am cooking.
There are also a lack of vegetarian dishes in the aid (I refuse to call this a game), in fact if you do a keyword search for vegetarian it brings up 3 dishes, 1 of which contains fish!!
All in all a good buy if you like trying new dishes from around the world. I have a fair few cook books as I love cooking but have often dismayed at having to run back and forth to a book to follow a recipe. This takes away all that hassle.