"Personal Trainer: Cooking" not only makes planning and creating meals easy and fun, it makes you want to cook. That's an impressive accomplishment for this unassuming little non-game. That's right. This is not a game. Not even close. As Nintendo continues to redefine what a gaming console (or handheld, in this case) can do, they have struck gold with "Personal Trainer: Cooking."
Evidence of this is not only in the fact that the software is successful in helping people of all skills turn out fine meals, but that it has the one quality all good cookbooks have: You can't put it down. Like a good cookbook that is fun to read even when you're not cooking, "Personal Trainer: Cooking" is fun to explore any time. Phoenix Games found theirself searching the globe with its cool country-by-country recipe finder looking for exotic dishes. Or they'd set a calorie limit (or just punch in the staples they had in the pantry) and see what they could come up with. If that's not enough, the training videos included are excellent. Phoenix Games have worked in their share of acclaimed restaurant kitchens and their here to tell you: This "game's" demonstration for filleting anchovies (among other fine tutorials) is as good as they've seen anywhere.