Table Conversation: Cooking Mama

By franco on 23 August, 2007

I have been accused of taking food too seriously. Writing my impressions of restaurants. Reading cookbooks like literature and cooking food like my life depended on it. I will admit that sometimes my interest in food is almost a borderline obsession.

But even I know when to dial it down a notch, to just enjoy and have fun.

Just for the record, I usually don’t play video games anymore. I admit I have put in my time, killing zombies, aliens and many gun-totting baddies. But a while back, I decided to focus on real life and deal with my stress in more productive ways (standing on my head, cooking way too much food and running like a madman). Leave it to the quirky minds at Nintendo to come up with a game i couldn’t resist. The game is called Cooking Mama: Cook off.

Cooking Mama is a series of minigames that simulate the steps needed to create dishes at home. As you wildly move the Wii controller, you peel, mash, slice, chop and stir your way through multiple ingredients as you cook more than 300 recipes from 10 different nations. What we find really cool is that Cooking Mama offers a two-player kitchen contest to determine who can cook the best meal the fastest. It’s like having your own Iron Chef competition in your living room.

Over time, I can see that Cooking Mama: Cook Off can become somewhat repetitive and monotonous. But for the moment, this game is a boat load of family fun. I must say admit though, it is a truly humbling experience having your virtual ass kicked by an eight year old who has never cooked in her (short) life.

Thank you to K, S, P and C for letting their Tito kick them off the Wii and allowing him to play.




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  • AUGUST 23, 2007 12:59 PM

    wysgal said...

    That's so cute! A cooking video game! I think I'd kick ass in that. =)

  • AUGUST 23, 2007 3:14 PM

    becky said...

    Joey, have you played DINER DASH? :)

  • AUGUST 23, 2007 11:26 PM

    Franco said...

    Hi Wysgal,

    I thought I would too but my little niece showed me otherwise.:p Cooking experience means nothing in this game.

    Hi Becky,

    Nope, I haven't. It's a web based game, right?

  • AUGUST 24, 2007 12:25 AM

    Socky said...

    Make food, not war - love the line!