More Reviews
REVIEWS Boo Bunny Plague Review
If you think you can enjoy the definition of budget game design, this one might make you laugh.

Minimum Review
With so many shooters crowding the marketplace, it’s refreshing to see Minimum take the low-fi route through Steam Early Access.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Halo: The Master Chief Collectio Preview
Microsoft and 343 Industries want to bring the entire Halo saga to Xbox One and this collection does exactly that with new graphics for Halo 2.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14

Alien: Isolation
Release date: 10/07/14

The Evil Within
Release date: 10/14/14

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release date: 10/14/14


LATEST FEATURES Share the Fantasy in 3DS's Final Fantasy Explorers [TGS Hands-On]
Everybody's gonna wanna ride your chocobo.

PS4's Until Dawn Scared Me Out of My Headphones - TGS Hands-On, Headset-Off Preview
Hopefully it doesn't keep me awake... for the whole night!
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137 Background: I own and have completed every entry in the Ninja Storm series, so there is inherent bias but luckily this isn’t a review. These are just my thoughts on a fun series I chose to pick up after my Dragon Ball Z Budokai days. I am also only about 3 episodes behind in the...

America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking Review

Duke_Ferris By:
Duke_Ferris
04/13/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Misc. 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Nintendo 
DEVELOPER Indies Zero 
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains Alcohol Reference

What do these ratings mean?

Cooking for nerds.


This is the easiest game review I've ever written. Normally when you sit down to play a game, you're in for the long haul. You might have to put 60 or 100 hours into an MMORPG before you feel comfortable grading it. I was ready to go with America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking after about 15 minutes.

click to enlargeThat's for two reasons. First, it's exactly the same software as Personal Trainer Cooking with only a few minor additions and a new set of recipes. In fact, all the recipes in this “game” come from the folks at America's Test Kitchen; it's not just a slapped-on name.

Second, because it's America's Test Kitchen recipes, I've already cooked a dozen of them before. These are the same cooking nerds behind Cook's Illustrated, the best cooking magazine on Earth and I've had a subscription for about 15 years, and I really do refer to it as “cooking for nerds”.

For one thing, the magazine has no advertising, so they can feel free to criticize Kraft's processed foods and not worry about losing ad money. That's a bigger deal than you think. Hell, Gamespot fired their own editor- in-chief over just such an issue (allegedly but probably). The other thing is their commitment to testing recipies. It is not unusual for them to make 50 versions of a dish, just to find the best one.

What other cooking magazine delves into the science of gluten formation (and tells you about it) in order to make perfect tempura batter? (The secret is club soda and vodka). These guys really know their stuff.

click to enlargeAll the functionality of Personal Trainer Cooking is back with a few more additions, like separate chef logins and the ability to split some recipes between two cooks. But frankly, these new features are fairly useless to almost all users, and go into the already cluttered "nice-idea-but-I'll-never-use-it" bin. The strength of both these cooking titles lies entirely in the terrific interactive cookbook, which is only cluttered by grocery lists, cooking calendars, broken voice recognition, and other “features”.

The most obvious missing ingredient is the ability to sort recipes by nationality. That's because all of America's Test Kitchen's 300 recipes are as American as apple pie. (Yes, it has an apple pie recipe.) From meatloaf to baked beans to glazed ham, not one of these dishes will make your picky friend say “Eww, what's in that?” Let's Get Cooking rides on the back of an eagle while waving the Stars and Stripes.

The most ethnic it ever gets are popular dishes that will not intimidate anyone, like teriyaki chicken or chicken parmesan, and you won't find the aforementioned tempura batter anywhere in the lists. In fact, it often has totally American versions of foreign recipes, like “Chinese” chicken salad [Is it made from Chinese people? Then no. ~Ed. Nick] and ground beef tacos in crunchy shells, which, I assure you, do not exist in Mexico.

On the plus side, while unadventurous, these recipes go beyond merely competent and are instead really, unbelievably good. Plus there are 300 of them for $20, which is actually cheaper than the cookbook. Besides, who doesn't love a plate of perfect fried chicken with coleslaw? USA! USA!
B+ Revolution report card
  • Actually teaches you to cook
  • Video tutorials
  • 300 recipes
  • From terrific cooking nerds
  • All-American cooking nerds
  • More lame "features" clutter it up
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking
Also known as: Americas Test Kitchen Lets Get Cooking


More On GameRevolution