With Thanksgiving happening later this week, a lot of first-time bird-preparers will have a lot of questions. And rather than keeping mom on the line for hours at a time to help with the cooking, users of Amazon’s Echo and other smart home devices will have a talking personal assistant right on hand to guide them through the process of preparing their holiday dinner.
Allrecipes, one of the world’s largest digital food companies, has worked with Amazon to create comprehensive recipe and cooking skills for Alexa-enabled devices. The Allrecipes Skill offers home cooks hands-free access to more than 60,000 recipes and guides them through every step of the cooking process using only their voices.
With the skill, home cooks can get recipes to match the desired dish type, available on-hand ingredients, maximum cooking time, and/or preferred cooking method. Once a recipe is selected, Alexa can guide the cook through each step of preparing the dish; cooks control the pace of their cooking by instructing Alexa to pause, next, repeat, skip, or move forward.
“So many of our customers are using their Alexa-enabled devices in the kitchen, and with the addition of Alexa skills like Allrecipes, that experience only gets better,” says Rob Pulciani, director of Amazon Alexa, in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Allrecipes to create a cooking experience that leverages the benefit of hands-free Alexa voice technology. Getting meal recommendations and step-by-step recipes with just your voice makes putting dinner on the table a little easier for our busy customers.”
The Allrecipes Skill for Alexa is now available for free through the Amazon Alexa app for iOS, Android, and Fire tablets, or by simply voice-enabling the skill by saying “Alexa, enable the Allrecipes Skill.” The Allrecipes skill is available for all Alexa-enabled devices, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV.
And not a moment too soon. I’ll be hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year, and I’m inviting Alexa and her friends.