Cook, Serve, Delicious! Review

Cook, Serve, Delicious! Review

Aug 9, 2013

Hell, this game really is the most realistic cooking simulator out there. I was actually somewhat flabbergasted when I first opened Cook, Serve, Delicious, as its tutorial goes on for longer than some games I played, and when it ends, it leaves the player weeping from the onslaught of mechanics and requirements. Even though it’s not that difficult to understand the process, once the actual game has started.

In Cook, Serve, Delicious – a title that keeps me slightly irritated, like a fly that can’t get out of the window, with its strange combination of two verbs and an adjective – the player controls a restaurant, rising up from the ashes. Unlike other cooking simulators, Cook, Serve, Delicious doesn’t just ask the player to cook stuff, but actually obliges him with every possible task there is, in the restaurant. It’s an actual joint-managing simulator, and describing every mechanic in it would be completely impossible. The main gameplay part is the player, serving and cooking for the customers, as well as performing several other tasks, like cleaning the dishes, and even having bathroom breaks. The orders keep piling in on the left side of the screen, and should be taken really fast, or the customer leaves unsatisfied. Tapping on an order triggers a mini-game of sorts, where the order has to be prepared. And boy, are there plenty of dishes to serve.

Cook Serve Delicious 3There are about thirty kinds of different food in Cook, Serve, Delicious, and preparing each one is slightly different. Corn Dogs simply require putting on some ketchup or mustard, while preparing pizza is one hell of a task. Not only that, but each customer has slightly different orders, so preparing steak to one customer is different from preparing it to another. It’s not much different, but it’s enough to force the player make some mistakes on the way. Pleasing a customer with a perfect serve is the obvious purpose of the game, as it gives the positive buzz to the restaurant, as well as more money in the counter. Giving a customer not quite what he asked for, won’t do much harm, but won’t make a positive buzz as well. Displeasing the customer with a completely spoiled, or ignored order, will make a negative buzz, so the restaurant will slightly decline in popularity.

Besides doing the orders in the work hours, player also has to purchase ingredients for different foods, buy new kitchen equipment that will make some new food available, and make up a menu that should be different each day, so it won’t get stale. If it’s not obvious yet, Cook, Serve, Delicious is very serious about being as close to actual restaurant workflow, as possible. It’s definitely not a light-hearted game, and is only suitable to people who aren’t afraid of its complexity.

Recipe Search Review

Recipe Search Review

Dec 18, 2012

There’s no doubt about it, going out to eat is usually easier than cooking. The actual act of cooking isn’t always the problem, a lot of times it’s deciding what to make. That’s where Recipe Search comes in. The main screen of Recipe Search is very pictorial. I liked this because sometimes just the appearance of a new meal can make or break it.

To find a recipe there are several different ways to search. The main screen would be like the trending recipes. This is where a lot of the pictures are. Another way to search is by category. Some examples of categories are: Main dishes, snacks and appetizers, holiday recipes, side dishes and even recipes for special diets. Some other ways to search are by ingredients. So this means if there is some chicken in their freezer, it’s easy enough to sort all of the recipes for just chicken. This helps narrow it down and not created urge to run to the grocery store.

Some of the special diet recipes consist of vegetarian, gluten-free, diabetic and even baby food recipes. I thought some of these categories of recipes where pretty cool because not many apps have been divided up like that.

On the recipe page, there are several different tweaks. One of the options is to convert the measurements. Everything is initially in the Imperial measurement system but if preferred, the Convert Measures button change everything to metric. If desired, an account can be created. An account opens up the option to use the meal planner. In recipe view there’s an option to add it to the meal plan. Also in recipe view, there’s a shopping list. When the shopping list button is clicked, a pop-up window with all of the ingredients shows up. Next he to the ingredients there’s a check box. To use the shopping list an account is required. However, the ingredients for the recipe can be shared via email or text message. This might be an easy way to get around signing up for an account.

While many recipe apps are just apps, Recipe Search is attached to a the allthecooks.com community. Having account will allow access to the forums and other fun and useful information for foodies.