The original Cooking Mama is an important game. Yes, I’m going there and no, I’m not joking. Though I normally don’t cover casual games, I wanted to take the time out to look back at a game that saved a company from going out of business, a game that spawned a multi-million selling franchise (not including spin-offs) and was a trailblazer in the casual games movement. It also taught me just enough about real-life cooking that when my girlfriend and I cook together (which doesn’t happen often), I can relate my understanding of some of the tasks she assigns me to do back to my time with Cooking Mama. She shakes her head every single time, but I digress, as that isn’t the story I want to tell today.