Nintendo DS Software Lets You Cook Like a (Japanese) Pro

Nintendo DS Software Lets You Cook Like a (Japanese) Pro

Food & Drink

Nintendo DS Software Lets You Cook Like a (Japanese) Pro


By Cari Martens

Among the growing number of new cooking-oriented video programs now available for home chefs is Nintendo’s new Personal Trainer: Cooking program for its DS game console. It’s loaded up with 245 recipes developed by the Tsuji Cooking Academy of Osaka, Japan.

And therein lies the catch.

As Sara Bonisteel recently reported on, many of the recipes have a decidedly Japanese accent. They often call for exotic ingredients that are not always easy to find here in the States. One example: the Personal Trainer’s recipe for jambalaya calls for sliced squid. We’re pretty sure that’s not what the typical Cajun cook would toss into the traditional Louisiana dish.

The video program holds real promise, however. Its voice-recognition capability lets a cook go back and forth through a recipe’s steps without having to touch the unit (with hands that may be coated with food substances). Each recipe clearly lists expected cook times and quantity of calories in the dish.

The Personal Trainer: Cooking
program sells for $19.99. It may not be as visceral an experience as playing ‘Grand Theft Auto IV,’ but who knows? It could be the first step in a journey leading to the opening of your own Japanese steak house.

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