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Google Home provides access to millions of cooking recipes
May 15, 2017, 5:20 pm

Digital assistants like Google Home are a perfect solution to environments such as kitchens, where being hands-free is important. The fact that Google is now offering over five million cooking recipes on Google Home through its Google Assistant, should be welcome news to many users who can now access recipes by speaking to Assistant, using commands like “Ok Google, let's make oat cookies.” Or, they can find recipes using the Google Search app on Android and iOS and selecting “Send to Google Home.” Google Assistant will then start working through the recipe when it hears the command: “Ok Google, start cooking.” The assistant will break down each recipe into a number of steps, which users can ask to repeat (“Ok Google, repeat”) or check back on when they are further into the recipe “(Ok Google, what’s step two?”).

Google Assistant has already been capable of accessing some recipes, but this update expands the number by scraping instructions from popular sites. It is not clear if Google will be able to handle every recipe found online, but the company’s press release mentions a number of big publishers, including Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network, and more. The feature will be rolling out over the coming weeks to devices including the Google Assistant app and Google Home.

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