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America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking | Nintendo DS | Game Review

April 12, 2010 by  
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Company: Nintendo
Item Reviewed: America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking for the Nintendo DS

Experience an exciting new way to get everyone in the kitchen cooking together!

From choosing a recipe, preparing ingredients, and creating your dish, the America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking software makes it fun and easy to cook with your Nintendo DS series system.

America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking serves as an easy-to-use, convenient cooking guide for chefs of any skill level – you’ll be making dishes in no time. You can keep your hands free to cook, thanks to the basic voice commands included in the software on your Nintendo DS series system. From the grocery store to the oven, America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking is an all-in-one cooking companion for the whole family.

Once you add friends or family in the software, the Nintendo DS system will automatically assign them tasks for different steps of the cooking process based on whether they can handle sharp knives or hot stoves in the kitchen. Cooking can be a breeze when it’s a family affair, so gather the whole gang in the kitchen and have fun!

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  • Everyone in the family can get involved. The software offers up age-appropriate kitchen tasks, so settings can be adjusted to indicate whether younger helpers are old enough to handle knives or adjust stovetop controls.
  • Everyone involved in the cooking process can rate favorite recipes. When you’re looking for a family favorite in the future, a search function makes retrieval easy. Users can find something for every taste and occasion by browsing the 300 recipes by ingredients, difficulty, cooking time or even calorie count.
  • If the cooks in your party don’t know a marinade from a marmalade, prompts appear within recipes for specific terms that they might need more information about. Users can then watch helpful how-to videos to show them what to do. Users also can hear audible instructions and use voice commands to navigate the software during the cooking process.
  • If multiple people on your cooking team have Nintendo DS systems, you can wirelessly transmit select recipes to them, even if they don’t have a copy of the game card. That lets you concentrate on the entrée while your assistants tackle the side dishes.
  • Just as with a traditional cookbook, users can take notes. The software’s handwriting-recognition feature records notes about personal touches users add to their recipes.
  • All the recipes have been created by editors, food scientists, tasters and cookware specialists at America’s Test Kitchen. They’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the best recipes, which leaves you and your assistant chefs to focus on the fun of cooking.

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My Thoughts

My daughter and I found some much needed alone time in this game. We had so much fun searching through the endless recipes, ones that made our mouths water, before we landed on Apple Turnovers. We both love apples and thought that would be the perfect recipe to start out with. We gathered our Nintendo DS and took it to the store with us, followed the shopping list and brought all the ingredients home. One of the best features for me is the voice recognition, I didn’t have to change pages myself all I had to do was say next and the very next step was there for me. Loved that because no pages got all messy! I don’t know if it was because my mic was turned all the way up but it picked up my toddler saying something every once in awhile and turned the page before I could, but after I turned it down it didn’t do that again. My daughter loved that it told her what to do, and because I put her information in the software gave her jobs to do that didn’t include handling a sharp knife. We had so much fun cooking together and the Apple Turnovers turned out absolutely fabulous, if I do say so myself.

I recommend America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking for the Nintendo DS to everyone, especially if you love to cook and include your family in the process, best cooking game I have seen!


8 Responses to “America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking | Nintendo DS | Game Review”
  1. Linda Good says:

    I have always gotten a kick out of memorizing a recipe and the only way I have learned to memorize the recipe is to mess it up and learn from it. I
    believe “to many cooks spoils the broth” and it’s up to everyone’s own taste
    to choose the method they prefer.

  2. Anna says:

    This is a really fun game with a really good experience of cooking with your family. It is the same cost of every other DS game, $20.00! So if you are looking for a fun cooking game to play with your family, and to learn 300 recipes, buy this game!

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