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Cooking Guide: Can't Decide What To Eat? Review

Forget Delia! The DS will teach you how to cook...

Ignore the slightly misleading title. The subtitle Can't Decide What To Eat? makes this sound like a neurotic weight watchers bible - something Victoria Beckham would buy to help her work out if her latest diet will allow her to have a crouton in her soup. In fact, Cooking Guide: Can't Decide What To Eat? is a recipe book for DS.

It's a very good one, too. With 245 recipes from around the world, there's a great variety of dishes and although it's suitable for beginners, serious cooks will pick up new recipes here. However, we can hear those so-called hardcore gamers sharpening their carving knives because Cooking Guide isn't a game.

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Unlike Cooking Mama, you won't be tapping your stylus on the Touch Screen to chop onions, stir soup or fillet fish. There aren't any mini-games because this is all real-life cooking, the idea being that you search for a recipe (either by country or ingredients) on your DS, take it to the supermarket to buy your ingredients and then have it by your side as you prepare your chosen dish in the kitchen.

Recipe For Success

In some ways it's actually better than your average recipe book. If you know your way around the kitchen, you can just check the shopping list, the preparation method and get cooking. Beyond this are levels of detail that Delia Smith would be proud of. On the ingredients page you can see what utensils you'll need and there's a description of each ingredient on the Top Screen which is very useful for food that you might not be familiar with. There's also a neat 'How To Make' instruction on some ingredients so if you were preparing tacos and wanted to make your own tortillas, you can follow the instructions. Then you tap the Cook button and your Cooking Guide (who sounds a bit like Jeremy Irons) will tell you what to do at each stage.

If you need extra information you can tap More Details and your Guide will tell you how to chop an onion, remove seeds from a pepper and so on. Yet the proof is in the pudding and the German Rote Grutze desert that I made with the Cooking Guide's help was very nice, thank you very much. It also taught me to make the best Spanish Tortilla I've ever made and although the British-style Chicken Tikka Masala was a bit too, well, British for my taste, it was quite tasty.

So it works brilliantly, there are some nice hints for varying the recipes and you can add your own notes if you like. There could be a few more vegetarian recipes and deserts but our only real issue is the price. You could argue that £30 is a small price to pay to learn how to cook but it's more expensive than a Gordon Ramsay recipe book, and costlier than the average Touch Generation title. We can only hope it doesn't put anyone off buying what is undoubtedly a brilliant bit of DS software.

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  1. wariorulez Thursday 19th Jun 2008 at 15:16

    I am no chef right now but for mum's and chefs all over this looks essential. Might pick it up when i'm off at uni and will be cooking myself meals or romantic diners. 8)

  2. AlmightyFuzz Thursday 19th Jun 2008 at 15:26

    I am no chef right now but for mum's and chefs all over this looks essential. Might pick it up when i'm off at uni and will be cooking myself meals or romantic diners. 8)

    I agree this could be brilliant for students who are at/going to university, all the information you need is right there, plus its simple to use and easy to carry - imagine carrying around a cook book with 200-odd recipes in it? It would either be absolutely huge, or the recipes would be so short and simple you wouldn't have a clue what to do or if you are doing it properly.

    Overall i think is is pretty interesting.

  3. hulkbuster Thursday 19th Jun 2008 at 16:57

    And NO..."jamie oliver" in sight :lol: And thats all good :wink: :wink: .

  4. Kendall Thursday 19th Jun 2008 at 17:48

    Wow, whatever next, Learn how to Drve DS, How to stop smoking DS... oh wait

    The DS is becoming an absolute joke (imo) for every real game you get 10 crappy my fairy princess or how to cook games

  5. Gavin Rozee Thursday 19th Jun 2008 at 20:04

    The demonstration video for this on the Nintendo Channel had some chef from Swindon! I'm from Swindon! Therefore the game is cool.

  6. Sabrewulf Thursday 19th Jun 2008 at 20:55

    Wow, whatever next, Learn how to Drve DS, How to stop smoking DS... oh wait

    The DS is becoming an absolute joke (imo) for every real game you get 10 crappy my fairy princess or how to cook games

    It's only a joke my friend if you buy the games, but I disagree on this title, I think this is very inventive and have ordered along with Okami, so I for one am enjoying the huge variety of software currently available on Nintendo :D

  7. adastoy Thursday 19th Jun 2008 at 23:04

    this seem like a great idea for the market ninty are aiming for nowadays,my mum is well in to this,i just think it's a bit over priced.

  8. Meow Mix Friday 20th Jun 2008 at 09:13

    While I don't agree with stop smoking DS, this is quite a good idea, implentmented well. Bit pricey, but seems worth it.

  9. fanboy Friday 20th Jun 2008 at 12:45

    I think its a really good Idea. Good way to expand the market yet again.

    Wont buy it myself, but I know alot of people who will.

  10. Ze Terminator Friday 20th Jun 2008 at 15:04

    You might think that this is another really crappy cash-in but i think that by the looks of the game, effort and thought have been put into it.

    I think that this is antastic really! My mum is getting it on the way home tonight!

  11. City Of Delusion Friday 20th Jun 2008 at 18:38

    If there was a "game" that deserved an N/A, this is it. It is an interactive cooking programme, not a video game. Brain Training had a bit of "game" in it, this is 100% information served without reactions being required.
    For once, a non-video game DS title that I actually approve of. It seems very well executed, and with the quality demanded in a Nintendo product. Even if 30 is a bit steep.

    Would I buy it? Maybe. It's certainly cheaper than cooking lessons...

  12. Fish_Dish Friday 20th Jun 2008 at 21:23

    Wow, whatever next, Learn how to Drve DS


    look at page 18 of the new Onm it is already being planed xD

  13. Joshimitsuu Friday 20th Jun 2008 at 21:25

    First impressions on seeing the title of the game -meh

    Seen in action on the Nintendo Channel :o interesting

    Reading ur reveiw... :shock: ... :D SOLD!!

    Price tag of 30 .....................................

    Yeah balls to that, Brawl is only a fiver more!

    It's very pleasing to see something like this done so well, it seems excellent and an excellent addition to the touch generations range.... but perhaps i'm too snobbish and close minded.. :oops: im defo getting Brawl as im sure the whole country is but say i had 30 to spend on an extra game there's the likes of mario kart, okami,zack and wiki, pro evo in line first for just over that price and even on the DS...soul boubles would take priority.

    Perhaps i really am too snobbish when it comes to games, even at 35 instead of the 50 i used to pay for them, i guess im still in the habbit of reserving my cash for the classics only?!

    Still like the idea that this exists tho, what does everyone else think?!

  14. Kendall Saturday 21st Jun 2008 at 17:03

    Wow, whatever next, Learn how to Drve DS


    look at page 18 of the new Onm it is already being planed xD

    As is the how to stop smoking game :P

    Do people not realise the DS is a games console

  15. ibarnaby64 Saturday 21st Jun 2008 at 18:05

    Wow, whatever next, Learn how to Drve DS


    look at page 18 of the new Onm it is already being planed xD

    As is the how to stop smoking game :P

    Do people not realise the DS is a games console

    Look, you don't have to buy it, right?

    ...then stop flaming it.

  16. Samus Saturday 21st Jun 2008 at 19:45

    I'm always put off by these Touch Generation titles. Very few of them have high production values and are targeted towards the non-gamer. Like Brain Training, so short, so basic. It puts me off buying those games.

    However this Cooking Guide doesn't look that bad. Wii Fit has encouraged me to get fit, maybe this'll help me to learn how to cook :D

  17. Avatar Ink Sunday 22nd Jun 2008 at 17:00

    I groaned upon first hearing about another Touch generations games, as I didn't want a 500th Brain Training, but then I stopped slagging it off suddenly when ONM arrived.
    Then I saw it on TV.
    Then a friend cooked a nice meal with it.
    Now I want one.
    :D

  18. Laughlyn Monday 23rd Jun 2008 at 12:09

    u can get it for 24 off

    www.thehut.com

    am quite the wannabe master chef and even tho i have a few years behind me (cookin since i was 9, 28 next week) and i'd love this just to help out on techniques that u cant find out in a book, like chopping an onion finely and coring out a peppers seeds ect.

    For sumone like my gf who is from the microwave generation of things (18yr old) she is pestering my life out attempting any way to buy this for my birthday (on 27th june) instead of smash bros, admittedly i'll be buyin this as soon as finances allow it because yes at 24-30 its a lil expensive but a celeb chefs book is about 20 and with this u get step by step tutorials as well as preparation guides not availabe in your standard cook book.

    I can see this becoming popular around valentines day and anniversaries with the blokes tryign to impress the ladies with a nice romantic meal, for once not bought from M&S lol

  19. master swordsman Monday 23rd Jun 2008 at 15:36

    doesn't look that bad

  20. Lawman_05 Wednesday 25th Jun 2008 at 08:33

    Wow, whatever next, Learn how to Drve DS, How to stop smoking DS... oh wait

    The DS is becoming an absolute joke (imo) for every real game you get 10 crappy my fairy princess or how to cook games


    It was like that on the GBA as well.
    Althoug the DS unlike the wii is still getting some awesome games

  21. x-emily-mae-x Saturday 28th Jun 2008 at 10:48

    Why not just buy a cook book????

  22. Dolala_1 Sunday 23rd Nov 2008 at 20:52

    I want to buy this game but I live on my own, are the recipes for more than one person or can you chose how many to cook for?

  23. ONMaximum Thursday 4th Feb 2010 at 18:59

    I have wanted this game for AGES. But I have never really had chance to buy it, I always spend my money on Mario games instead. It does look good, with the videos and the thing where if you have your hands full you can talk into the mic. It might be a tasty game.

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