The first Cooking Mama is still a go-to travel game for me. In cramped airplanes or on noisy busses, meticulously slicing onions and peeling boiling-hot potatoes puts me in a very tranquil state. Pity the rest of Mama's adventures don't even begin to compare.
What if Cooking Mama evolved into an amazing arcade experience, complete with weighted cooking utensils that simulate the feel of turning pieces of meat in a pan? Well, the Tokyo Institute of Technology has almost done that with its holographic cooking simulator.
The original purpose for this simulator is to train potential chefs in basic cooking techniques without putting them on a stove. While I think you can't really be good at cooking until you cut and burn yourself a thousand times, this still looks absolutely amazing and I want a video game made with it.