America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking

April 18, 2010

This is not a game. This is a cookbook.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way (and lost most of our readers), let me elaborate. 

For all intents and purposes, this is a sequel to 2008’s Personal Trainer: Cooking, and there’s no actual content that relates to the America’s Test Kitchen license. It does, though, feature more Western cooking than the first title, so it fits in better with most American consumers. For those who never used the first one, it helps you cook by providing step-by-step directions (in text and audio), shopping lists and nutritional information.

New to this installment is the ability to split up the work among multiple amateur cooks. It takes a second to enter names, but for a family looking to cook together regularly, it’s totally worth it. Also, you can pass around the system and have each person pick things they want to cook, which is a nice bonus. If you have a second DS, you can send some recipes over to cook more things at once. 

Honestly, this DS app is fairly simple and straightforward. The important thing: does it help you cook? I picked out a few of the 300 recipes and gave it a test run. Unlike my usual cooking, the result was edible. I call that success.

This is a $20 interactive cookbook. If you don’t want a cookbook, you’re not going to care. If you do, it’s a pretty cool one. Personally, now that my DS needs a place in the kitchen, I have to figure out what to do with my toaster.

Score: 4/5

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