The Home Chef’s New Best Friend? Google Assistant

Google Home now has access to more than 5 million recipes.

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Google Home has proven itself incredibly useful as the virtual home assistant who is well-versed in Hanukkah music and has the answer to every question you may have (it is Google, after all). Now, thanks to a new feature recently announced by the company, it’s also the cooking tool you didn’t know you needed.

Over the next few weeks, users will be able to use Google Home and Google Assistant to help them in the kitchen. Google is expanding its recipe repertoire to include more than 5 million dishes, sourced from places like Bon Appetit, The New York Times, and Food Network.

Here’s how it works: users can speak directly to the assistant and say something like “Okay Google, let’s make raspberry cheesecake jars” (per the above video). Alternatively, they can find the exact recipe they want using Google Search on their smartphones and select “Send to Google Home”. The digital assistant will then start working on the recipe when it hears “Okay Google, start cooking.”

The new feature does more than just making it easier to multitask, though. Your new virtual sous-chef can repeat steps, convert measurements, set a timer, and even answer your questions about the recipe. So if you ask about an incorrect ingredient or measurement, Google Home will correct you to get you back on track.

As of right now, not every recipe on the internet is compatible with the new feature, but with millions of recipes at the ready, you’ll still have your fair share of options. You can purchase a Google Home online or at various retailers worldwide.

Source: The Verge

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Published on April 27, 2017

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