3 Cooking Video Games for the Cooking Enthusiast

Illustration She makes amazing meals, she provides all the best snacks, and she loves picking up a video game controller and making plumbers jump on turtles and mushrooms along with the best of them. Now your loved one has...

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She makes amazing meals, she provides all the best snacks, and she loves picking up a video game controller and making plumbers jump on turtles and mushrooms along with the best of them. Now your loved one has a birthday coming up, and you need to think of a few gifts. There are few better presents than ones that combine your loved one’s passions,or if you’re the cook who loves video games, it’s time to pamper yourself with new additions to both your kitchen and your game library.

The Real World Gift

Cooking in the digital realm is fun, but even if digital food makes you drool, you can’t eat it. Pair your cooking video game purchase with something new for the kitchen, such as:

Make the purchase online and you won’t even have to venture into a cookware store.

“Cooking Mama”

This Japanese import for the Nintendo Wii, DS and 3DS gives players the role of “Mama,” a homemaker who makes everything from classic Japanese dishes to European pastries. Players wave the Wii controller or tap their DS screens in time to make dishes from scratch. Chop, beat, mix, pour, bake and fry appetizers, sides, main courses and desserts and earn ratings on your skills in the kitchen.

“Personal Trainer: Cooking”

Playable on the Nintendo DS and 3Ds, “Personal Trainer: Cooking” couches amateur cooks and true hobbyists to become better cooks in their real world kitchens. Incorporating hands-free voice control, the game provides step-by-step real world instructions for making snacks, meals, appetizers and desserts. It even provides shopping lists to use at the grocery store before you start. Learn more about dishes or select foods according to nationality with the touch of a button.

“Diner Dash”

“Diner Dash” is a series of games playable on PC, tablet and smartphones. You play as a harried restaurant owner who’s taken on all of the jobs in a restaurant. Earn points by seating customers, waiting on them, making food and serving them quickly. The further you advance, the faster the crowds come into the restaurant. See how long you can keep customers happy before they start storming off in a huff.

Simulation and recipe games are surprisingly relaxing after making a meal, and you may come up with a few new ideas for what to make for tomorrow night’s dinner as you play. Don’t be afraid to try a new dish just because it requires some bakeware you don’t have on hand. Follow your video game avatar’s example and buy all the pots and pans you’ll need to make these recipes pop out of the digital world into the real one.