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America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
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- Features 300 recipes created by editors, food scientists, tasters and cookware specialists
- Rate favorite recipes and browse recipes by ingredients, difficulty, cooking time or calorie count
- Prompts appear on-screen to help you learn various cooking terms
- Helpful how-to videos provide additional assistance
- Age-appropriate kitchen tasks allow younger helpers to get in on the fun
- Platform: Nintendo DS
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Let the experts guide you and your cooking family through 300 delicious recipes from the most watched cooking show on public television! ~ Get cooking in America�s Test Kitchen! America�s beloved cooking show spent hundreds of hours testing 300 recipes that span everything from entrees to delectable desserts, so all you have to do is follow their lead and have fun cooking. Watch technique videos, listen to instructions, and use voice commands as the software walks you through every step of the cooking process. ~ Everyone�s a chef! Make friends or family an official part of your cooking circle and give everyone tasks based on their skill level in the kitchen, including customizing whether individual cooks can use knives or stove tops. Cooking can be a breeze when it�s a family affair, so gather the whole gang in the kitchen and have fun! ~ Shop and sort with the DS! Browse recipes and mark necessary ingredients, then take your DS to the store and check off your shopping list. You can also search for and sort recipes by ingredients, calorie count, cooking time, family favorites, and more.
Need help with dinner? Prepare more than 300 recipes easily using your Nintendo DS for guidance. The recipes have been created by editors, food scientists, tasters and cookware specialists and tested and perfected by three dozen cooks to ensure delicious results. Use their culinary expertise to create a meal with on-screen prompts and helpful how-to videos. Make tonight's dinner one your family won't forget.
America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking helps you prepare a variety of recipes that are sure to please. The search function allows you to find recipes based on ingredients, difficulty, cooking time or calorie count and rate favorite recipes for easy retrieval at a later time. Several Nintendo DS users can access select recipes at once, even without the game card, to allow the whole family to help in the fun of meal preparation.
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I picked up a copy at Gamestop today and I'm quite happy with it.
It really is like the Betty Crocker all-American cookbook type follow up to Personal Trainer Cooking with all those classic recipes that everyone wanted in the first one.
Plus it has lots of neat little features that make it usable by a household. Essentially everyone can create a profile and select which recipes they'd like to try - and that info can be generated by groups of people/profiles. Also it tracks when meals are made, when holidays are coming, suggests recipes for events, holidays, etc..
Looking at recipe #162 as we speak, Homemade Taco Shells - it's "sendable" If I had a friend over tonight with another DS I could send it to her DS as a standalone app and she could make the taco shells while I focus on the actual taco stuffing recipe on my DS. Lots of side dishes or compliment dishes are setup like this so you can assign them to other people with their own DS's.
Also, you can have different profile cook together alternating tasks in the process - and for kids you can limits if they're allowed to use knives or heat or fire. Nice touch.
Also when you start up you get an update page, like a message board, which tells you what's been going on, so you know if other people in your household have been cooking or shopping or anything.
Very happy with this little purchase.
Now comes America's Test Kitchen: Let's get cooking. One of the complaints I read in reviews was how Personal Trainer had many foreign dishes. (Nothing wrong with that in my opinion.) This sequel responses by giving us some of the most common American recipes. All of the original features are here that made the first book so good. Now with new features like a calender that lets you add birthdays and special events. And reminds you upon turning on the the DSi how many days to the event. You can exclude ingredients for food allergies, Assign task for family members, send some of the recipes to other DSi. Review your dishes, place notes, mark on the calender what you've done or tell it to place recipes that your interested in doing in your try it folder. Set a date or just mark it as soon. and video clips show you step by step how to do the more dificult task.
My only complaint is that they removed the serving program. It was on Personal trainer and allowed you to reduce or increase the number of servings and it calculated the change in measurements based on those changes. My only guess is that with all they added they had to sacrifice that option. I miss it but not enough to reduce my rating.
This program is great for the bachelor, college student on their own or for parents to give their children to teach self reliance with learning how to cook a meal. With supervision of course. a great gift for any of those reason or if you just want to buy a cook book.
This is a great idea. I hope that famous chefs decide to produce a DSi version of their cook books. Bobby flay, Emeril, or Rachel Ray would be great for this format.
I love making the profiles. It allows to you choose a color, face icon, birthday (for the calendar), whether or not you can operate a stove and use a knife; it also has you record your name so that when it assigns jobs for the cooking team, the DS can actually CALL YOUR NAME when it is time for you to do your job.
When you first get started, though, you should read the little cooking manual, which gives you information about ingredients included in the dishes, how to use kitchen utensils, helpful tips, points, and videos demonstrating things such as 'how to slice an onion' or, 'how to properly heat your pan'.
You can even make a grocery list by simply selecting the meal you want to prepare and then look at the ingredients, placing a red check mark on the things you need to buy to make it. This automatically adds it to your grocery list, which you can take with you and check off what you buy as you shop. That was extremely convenient...
Overall, I was very pleased with this game. With 'AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN' marked on the front of the package, you cannot go wrong with the delicious, excellent and fairly simple recipes.
You're probably already saying: "Pish posh, Athonia. *I* don't need this game; I've got my beloved cookbooks! When the recipe I crave is not in one of my cookbooks, I have the Internets from where I print reams of paper". To that I say, the Nintendo DS format is superior to any cookbook or Interwebs for a few simple reasons:
1. cookbooks don't stand up very well and are rather hard to read laying flat
2. cookbooks and printed recipes get filthy with oils, hot pepper sauce and wine
2. cookbooks catch fire. The Nintendo DS solves this problem by being somewhat less flamable. ;-)
Indeed, a DS running ATK's Let's get Cooking is a god send. The only downside is that the voice recognition software interprets kitchen sounds: knives chopping, pots banging, stoves lighting and fire extinguishers dowsing blazes, as commands. It was a great idea to allow the chef to control the DS by voice since hands can be preoccupied with cooking utensils and food. This part doesn't work in most situations though. Kitchens are too noisy for this feature. Luckily, the DS does let you turn off the voice commands which will solve the excessive chatter and navigation issue that the ATK is cursed with out of the box.
Like the show, ATK for DS is not even remotely vegan oriented. It does, however, allow you to specify which foods you don't eat and marks recipes with an X if it has an ingredient in your "do not eat" list. It would not be that hard to make adaptations to their recipes to make it work for most dietary restrictions, IMHO.
Another useful feature is the search. If you have some items in your garden or refrigerator that you'd like to use but don't have an idea for what to do with them, simply search for that ingredient in ATK for DS. It will show you a list of recipes that have your food(s). It even lets you schedule a meal for an upcoming calendar day if you're not ready to cook immediately. Also, if you pull up a recipe and you are missing ingredients for it, just check the box next to the items. Bring the Nintendo DS to the market and it will show you a list of every ingredient you've checked across any number of recipes.
All in all, Let's get Cooking is a great product and I'm really glad to have it. I hope that America's Test Kitchen comes out with another title explaining 300 more new recipes. I'd wait in line to buy it! Now if only Alton Brown would do a DS version of Good Eats.
Recipes I've cooked so far, and adapted vegan, include
Grilled Sausage, Peppers & Onions
Creamy Buttermilk Coleslaw
Roasted Red Bell Peppers
Gazpacho (with farmer's market heirloom tomatos)
Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry
Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil
Stir Fried Sesame Broccoli (worth getting this "game" if only for this one recipe)
Asian Cucumber Salad
Curried Rice Salad
Spaghetti with Puttanesca Sauce
Black Bean Soup
Cold Sesame Noodles
Fresh Basil Vinaigrette
...and many more.