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Cooking Guide: Can't Decide What to Eat? (DS)

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Genre: Education & Reference / Release Date: 2008-06-20 / Published by Nintendo

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      16.05.2010 12:18
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      Really Great Idea but Some Simpler / Cheaper Recipes Would Be Appreciated

      I had such high hopes for this game but was ultimately a little disappointed. It's still getting a good rating, I'm just here to warn those like me. I'll start with the good things.

      Incredible interface - They could have added 50 more recipes (there's already loads) and sold this glued into a ds as a cooking tool. It stands by itself, it's rare to come across a product with an interface as good as this. It looks fantastic, it works brilliantly. It is everything you could want it to do and more. You can even make it generate a shopping list for you.

      So easy to use - The instructions are amazing with plenty of text and videos and speech to get you on your way to using basic to advanced techniques. Never chopped an onion? No fear cooking guide makes it easy with a video and explanatory notes. All terminology found in the game is explained such as the difference between simmer and sauté and fry.

      My experience - I managed to use this bad boy to cook up a fine spinachy mincey cannelloni dish. It may have taken me hours but that's due to my incompetence and lack of proper equipment (which I will come to later). The chef made it easy to follow and I left my DS out of harms way and instructed it with my voice (how cool is that?!). There was a lot of 'back' 'back' or 'repeat' whatever the word is I forget now (it was a while ago).

      Major Gripe which let me down - "But PureDark how can a product so amazing let you down so much?" I hear you cry. Well it's because in order to cook many of the dishes you need to have some fairly exotic ingredients and equipment not found in your usual store cupboard and sometimes not even in the supermarket.

      Who on earth has a korean stone dish (not the technical term)?! Now maybe I'm just poorly endowed in the kitchen department as a student but I'm sure many people using this game will lack many of the ingredients / equipment.

      I'd like a new version which teaches recipes that have more common ingredients whilst maintaining the obvious aim of the game to broaden your food horizons.

      It's worth a buy now that it's cheap at £7.99 at the time of writing. It was far dearer when I bought it. Check it out there's bound to be SOMETHING you can cook just don't plan on cooking EVERYTHING.

      (Also posted on Ciao)

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        27.12.2009 15:17
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        Good little inspirer

        Iv been really into cooking since about 2 years ago when I found that I had alot of free time, but also wanted to learn how to cook so I thought Id give this game a go. I was starting to eat healthier and wanted some options on what to cook but also wanted to try some new foods too.

        In this game you can search for foods but a number of categories, such as by: country, ingredients, requirements (difficulty, main ingredient, cooking method, calories and cooking time), and by keyword. Sometimes when you only have certain foods in your fridge or you feel like something, this cooking guide can really help you.

        There are also different dish categories, such as: side dishes, desserts, salads, soups, noodles, rice and bread, meat, fish and veg. So for example if you want something in a certain category, you can just search by that.

        Once you have chosen a dish that you want to cook, it will show you the ingredients, the time it will take, the calorie count and even utensils you will need. After that it will show you the step by step of what you need to do in order to prepare the foods and then make the foods. After that there will be a step by step mode of what to do which includes speaking and interaction with the DS. You say continue when you want to continue to the next stage, but I find that this never works. This is because the DS is on the table and you have to bend down to shout continue and there is usually too much background noise for the DS to recognise what you are saying and you end up just pressing continue instead as its alot easier.

        Once you have cooked a meal, it will show that you have completed it and you can add some notes if you wish. Notes may include cutting this before boiling the water or something. Or dont do this again..messy!

        There is a good variety of dishes in this game, but I feel that there isnt enough. There are 245 dishes available in this game but these arent all main meals and some are simply things such as an omelette. I like using this game for reference, but maybe not to follow when cooking as its too hard trying to follow each stage and having to press the continue button everytime especially when you are constantly cutting, rolling or maxing things. Your hands get washed more times than I dont know what which certainly does and will slow you down.

        Iv followed a few recipes on here but altered them slightly to make them my own style. I like using this game simply as a guide and as a refresher for ideas, which when it comes to following it step by step, I think this game doesnt quite do so well for this.

        I say try this game if you like cooking for some ideas but dont expect to be able to follow it step by step. There are some really good recipes in this game but it would probably be easier to follow a recipe from the internet.

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        14.10.2009 14:04
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        good fun

        Iv tryed using this game a couple of times to help me in the aid of cooking, and i have to say that i really like it.
        The voice over person has a very soothing voice and you dont ever feel rushed at any point.

        The good thing about the game is that you dont have to rush through point to point but you can take step backs or move forward. so you can control what speed you work at.

        The game has a massive collection of different recieps from all different parts of the world....so there isnt just english dishes (there are indian, chinese etc etc).

        also the dishes available cover eveything from starters through to mains and finishing with a pudding. It also tells you how to make a few random dishes like lassie (a yoguart type drink).

        I think it is very enjoyable if your ready for abit of an experiment and you should give it a go.

        My bangers and mash turned out lovely after following this games advice!

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        25.06.2009 18:26
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        A little GPS for your kitchen!

        Sometimes you just want something to spice up your kitchen love life. When my husband asks what do I think for dinner, I firstly, I suppress the urge to strangle and then ask what does he fancy as an ingredient. I then turn to the trusty cooking guide!

        This little piece of software is quite a lot fun to play around with initially. There are choices (as mentioned before) to select recipes based on ingredients such as what is already contained within your kitchen, or if you prefer to browse through the recipes and select your favourites, the software can provide you a little shopping list. Very cute if you like shopping with your DS in hand! What is very nice are some mini videos showing you how to do those new things you may not have dared to try before. For example, you wash sushi rice at least 3 times before you cook!

        Chefs voice controlled recipe reading is generally good, but there can sometimes be a few 'continues' at rapidly rising volume before you head onto the next stage!

        The selection of recipes is quite good for 200 or so, but if you are a selective eater with intolerances or vegetarian, you may find your options greatly reduced.

        Overall it is a quite interesting recipe book, though I found it collecting dust after a month or so. If it could update its recipe listing somehow, then it would have more versatility and long term use. As it stands, it loses utility very quickly once the gimmick wow factor fades.

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        05.06.2009 21:22
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        A well organised, easy to use game that teaches you to cook!

        This game is fantastic for anyone who wants to cook but doesn't know how.
        I am the wosr cook in the world, and i don't know how to use any kitchen appliances or would know how to cook anything.
        I decided to cook dinner one night and the first thing i though of using was this game.
        The game includes 100's of recipes, that give step by step instructions on what to do, voice recognition so you can say 'next' to continue the instructions when your hands are busy cooking. It speaks to you so you can listen what to do.
        The game also provides complete list of utensils needed, ingredients and also a list of substitute ingredients for food that is less common - more for the foreign dishes. You can also select how many servings you are making and the recipe adjusts the amount of ingredients to fit.
        It has a built in feature to construct a shopping list for each recipe and every recipe can be searched through a number of filters such as 'difficulty', 'calories', 'catagories' etc making it easy to find the type of meal you want.

        I made a japanese dish called Nikujaga and it came out lovely! Definitely taught me a few things about cooking and was so easy to do with ther guide.

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          03.06.2009 16:16
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          Interactive recipe "book".

          Great value for money. I'm not the type of person to buy recipe books as you can find so many recipes easily over the web. However, it can be cumbersome to have to search through all the rubbish to get something good and even then they might not expiain well and are hard to follow.

          The beauty of this game is that there are so many recipes from all over the world and searching through them is so easy and since the DS is portable you can have it right there with you while preparing the dish instead of having to print or write down recipes. And what sets it abover tradional books is its interactivity.

          It explains the recipes in such a basic manner yet extremely detailed. With videos and images to explian more difficult actions and it even explains difficult cooking terms. I also love that it allows you to create shopping lists and keep record of what you have made or would like to make.

          I reccomend this for anyone who needs help cooking or would like to try new recipes!

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          14.05.2009 09:55

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          great it suits the purpose designed for

          This game is simple and easy to use. It has a step by step guide on how to cook different meals. You can select ingrediants you already have in your cupboards and then a recipe will appear what you can make. Its not the most exciting of games but suits the purpose it has been made for. It has recipes for world wide cuisine and you can save the ones you like and find for another time. It tells you what equipment and utensils are needed too and explains what certain terms means. If you don't know much about cooking and enjoy using your DS instead of a cookery book this will appeal to you i'm sure. It will also suit most ages. There is a cooking guide man who will talk you through each recipe you have the choice to though to switch him off if needs be. A great little game!

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          13.05.2009 20:54

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          A good buy for learning the basics

          I am a useless cook and can burn water. I even once gave my husband food poisoning from some undercooked chicken...whoops...so for christmas he bought me Cooking Guide for the DS and I was dubious. I attempted the Chilli con carne and couldn't believe the results. It was delicious.

          The thing I like most about this game is the mini-tutorials on how to peel and chop etc. I managed to chop an onion into tiny diced squares and to julienne some carrots.

          There are many recipes and you can search by country, time taken to cook, ingredients and others. You get a list of the exact ingredients need and what you can prepare upfront before cooking. It then guides you step by step through the process.

          One thing I didn't really think worked well was the voice controls. You are supposed to say 'continue' and it should move on to the next step without you having to get your messy hands on the DS. I found that with the sounds of pots boiling and knifes scraping, the DS couldn't always pick up my voice.

          Overall a great game for learning the basics of cooking without giving anyone food poisening!

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          13.05.2009 17:42

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          Brilliant, would definitely reccommend.

          As a university student, I found this cooking guide very useful. I was not a confident cook however the cooking guide tells you everything you need and gives you step by step instructions. It even gives you simple instructions for tasks such as cutting an onion! Very useful when you have no idea what you are doing.

          However, I think this game is suitable for everyone, not just those who are bad at cooking. It has varying difficulty levels and several different things to cook.

          When selecting something to cook there are many options, for example you can choose by country, how healthy it is, what is in it. There are so many different ideas on there.

          It is also good because you can tell it to continue and it recognises your voice, this means that you dont have to touch the ds with messy hands. The only disadvantage with this is that if you say anything it thinks you are asking it to continue. So you then have to go back to where you are.

          I really enjoy this cooking guide, it has so many fantastic ideas.

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          29.04.2009 00:12
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          Fantastic

          As a 20 year old student, living off a very small budget and having hardly anytime to cook; the Nintendo DS cooking guide gave me the extra support i was looking for. For months on end i lived off tasteless food, such as Asda value noodles and beans on toast, stereotypically viewed but true at the same time. However, after recieving this game for birthday, i began experimenting with cooking and slowly my ability at cooking improved as i started making a decent meal everynight. The useful tips and suggestions were a great help to me and others around me, who also benefitted from it, as i was led into hosting my own small dinner party in my halls of residence. This may sound cheesy, but this game had an influence on my life and i believe that all poor students like myself should purchase one, therefore the product seriously exceeded my expectations.

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            20.04.2009 23:31
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            Worth a buy for any class of cook, begginer to master!

            Nintendo have begun to release a new line of shall we say, "Games" that don't function that most entertaining games do. This Cooking guide is quite literally an electronic cooking guide so to speak.

            You don't play it for entertainment but to learn and improve your cooking skills. Great for the beginner cook who can't fry and egg to save their life, the average everyday cook and the master chef! It has simple to hard recipes and with over 250 to choose, from a wide range of cultures and food types there's an endless amount of choice for any taste bud.

            The guide is a simple tool instead of a game, it functions smoothly and simple with not too many advanced options and settings making it easy to pick up and use, especially for those who aren't very tech hype. Reading a regular cooking book can be drag and boring, however the Cooking Guide is a colourful and interesting new twist to learning making ideas and steps more redeemable for the future and makes cooking overall a lot more guided making your dish always one grade better then it would have been without a useful guide.

            The guide itself is simple and breaks down the main sections and points into steps where you follow them chronologically making cooking a simple task if you follow the given tutorial. Also if you know how to cook to opens up your mind to a wider range of food out there instead of chips and bacon every dinner time.

            However using it I did discover some drawbacks which may only I find bad personally but this is for you to decide. I saw straight off from the front cover the glorious mouth watering food displayed across the box and in the game itself making all the food be made to perfection. However the food you actually produce will probably not look as good as what's on the box, don't fret though! Just pointing out for some people who think they can use this guide once to get as good as some of the expert chefs which were used to cook the food you see in game. Practise makes perfect even with a guide!

            The other point that bugs me is the ridiculous price put with such a simple tool. It isn't a game and is more of an interactive book which in my eyes isn't worth as much. But in shops it's been tagged with a market price of 25 pounds in most places which is a ridiculous price for what it is. Apart from these factors the guide is well worth getting and is a great investment in the end over the price tag.

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              11.02.2009 14:26
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              Overall an ace little game

              Okay, so 'Cooking Guide' isn't necessarily a game as such. There is no challenge as such, no points or levels, the graphics are limited to photos, videos and menus. No, 'Cooking Guide' is basically a piece of lifestyle software on the DS.

              Usually, these 'games' are BAD. Bad cash-ins, taking advantage of the DS family audience hooked in by Brain Training and the like.

              However, with 'Cooking Guide', I can see a purpose. Cooking can be tricky, especially for a beginner - getting together the correct ingredients, preparing them and cooking them in the right way - there are so many things that can go wrong, and this handy application has each of these areas covered.

              First thing's first, choosing a recipe. 'Cooking Guide' allows you to search its database using a range of filters, from difficulty to country of origin. This is handy, rather than just having to flick through a huge list to decide what you're having for tea.

              It also helps you to shop for ingredients, preparing a shopping list for your chosen recipe that you can tick off whilst your pushing your trolley around... if you're that way inclined!

              Further in to the process there are plenty of instructional videos to teach you some of the basics of prepping and cooking meals. These are really handy and even though I cook quite often, I found that learning the 'proper' way really improved my results.

              There are a few flaws here. For a start, although it doesn't affect me, I noticed that there weren't that many veggie recipes. This seemed unusual, and disappointing for those who disapprove of meat-eating.

              Also, although there are over 200 recipes here, it feels as if there could be more crammed in there. 500, now THAT would be impressive.

              Finally, the voice recognition is absolutely useless. You'll have to be careful using this in the kitchen, with greasy hands and all that, because if you rely on the voice recognition to move through the recipe you'll have a lot of trouble!

              Overall, this is a great game that you can pick up usually for around £20. All the meals I've tried have been painless to make and rather tasty. Despite the odd flaw, this is a really good buy, especially if you're only a beginner cook.

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                01.02.2009 19:57
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                Never buy a cookbook again, just buy this

                This definately a Cooking Guide and not a "game" (if you want a game buy "Cooking Mama"), and as long as you realise that you will LOVE IT!

                I got this for Christmas as part of a package with my new DS. It isn't something I would have thought to have chosen, but now I have it I wouldn't be without it.

                Whilst cookery books are OK, they aren't this small and portable and they certainly don't shout out the instructions to you. It also contains a shopping list, so as you are going through a recipe, if you notice an ingredient you don't have you can add it to your DS shopping list, which is an amazingly simple but effective idea.

                The Guide is easy to use and to move around. You can sort and choose the recipes in many ways. You can do this by calorie content (ideal for those of us on a diet), by the type of dish, or even by country the recipe orginates from, you can also use it to find a catagory of dish such as recipes for vegans and vegetarians.

                When following a recipe, it also allows you to go at your own pace because you have to say "continue" to make it move onto the next step, which is handy because you can concentrate on the cooking and keep your hands busy with the task in hand.

                Having this has encouraged me to be more adventurous with my cooking and this is used a lot, both by me and a couple of my friends who have been keen to borrow this.

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                14.01.2009 20:44
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                A brilliant game for all the family to use!

                When I first heard of this game, I thought - what a brilliant game and what brilliant use of the Nintendo DS. As soon as I bought the game, it didn't cease to impress me.

                You can cook a variety of meals based on key words, country or options that you choose to set. You can even type in how many calories your food contains in case your on a diet (for example, if you select 200 or below it gives you a list of food you can cook with less than 200 calories).

                Not only does this game do this but it also guides you through how to cook whilst you are cooking. It is audio controlled so you just say "continue" to make it go to the next step. This makes it easy because you can be doing something at the same time as when your hands are occupied.

                This game is brilliant for all the family so why not get your apron on and begin cooking something tasty!

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                09.01.2009 13:13

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                A good 'game' that gets you interested in cooking.

                This game really helps to show the diversity of the Nintendo DS and show that it is more then just a games console.

                Can't Decide What to Eat has around 200 recipies in there, from all over the world. You can decide which you wish to have by search by ingredients, the part of the world it's from, etc. The cooking guide is comprehensive and gives you a list of ingredients and the 'tools of the trade' you need to make that dish. When you are ready you get a step by step tutorial on how to make your chosen dish.

                It contains recipies for some very nice dishes and my girlfriend and myself have used it many times. My only criticism is that it sometimes automatically jumps to the next step before you're ready and, on some of the recipies, it can be a little vague on some preparation. All in all a good product and fun to use, it will have you experimenting and cooking dishes that you never thought you would, a must buy!

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              Want to make yourself a quick dinner after a long day at work? Want to plan a week of meals for your family? Or do you want to make a Sunday roast for 10? Cooking Guide can help you solve all these and many other meal dilemmas. Choose from 250 recipes from all over the world. Cooking Guide takes you through every step from compiling a shopping list, preparation of ingredients and utensils through to a step-by-step guide of how to make your chosen meal. With varying difficulties of recipes Cooking Guide is suitable for all. The voice recognition software makes it simple to go through each stage of the recipe. Interactive cooking aid that takes you through over 250 recipes from scratch. Game is designed to take the user through every stage of cooking. The recipes are enhanced with many demonstrational videos which go beyond the capabilities of printed cook books. Additional functionalities are included to facilitate the cooking and preparation process.