However, after watching the NIntendo team demonstrate Personal Trainer: Cooking for the DS, I am sold. Not that I'm tossing my collection of fabulous and well-loved cook books, but Personal Trainer -- with 245 international recipes ranging from simple to complex -- is a pretty nifty item to have.
The training title makes everyone a chef by providing a data base detailing not only recipes, but equipment, ingredients, calorie counts, cooking times and level of difficulty. Even if you don't know the difference between a whisk and a potato ricer, DS Chef, your private cooking instructor, will walk you through the process from beginning to end. Too bad he doesn't do dishes.
Initially, I was convinced this was a tool for the beginning cook until I saw the video how-to for cleaning squid. Calamari anyone?
Neat and handy are the voice command controls that keep your hands free while working. Need to repeat a step, speak and it's done. The shopping list feature is super handy for making sure you come home from the store with everything you need (and not a ton of budget-busting impulse buys).
I only see one problem with Personal Trainer: Cooking. Who gets to use the DS? Me or the boy?