When I cook I make a huge mess and the product is edible about 50 percent of the time, which is why Iâm hoping Alexa can help. I lean on the disembodied spirit of Amazon that lives inside my black tube and various small plastic pucks for so many things, itâs only natural Iâd add culinary skill to the list, and the new Allrecipes skill (via The Verge) for Alexa provides exactly that.
Thereâs already an Echo Dot in the kitchen for doing things like setting timers, asking basic reference questions and doing measurement conversions, so itâs only natural that it take the next step and walk me through recipes step-by-step. Allrecipes does that, but itâs also set up to help you find a recipe to use to begin with.
You can drill down using filters like your total available prep time, but the skill also tries to take a lot of the fiddly work out of the equation by suggesting a single result up-front for the sake of convenience, based onÂ queries that specific ingredients or the type of food you want to make, combined with user ratings.
An iPad in the kitchen with text and images might still be the best possible assistant for hapless chefs, but Alexa and Echo have the benefit of being hands-free, and you can ask it to repeat steps as many times as you want without anyone getting frustrated, unlike if you have a real human home sous-chef helping you out.
Now, Alexa: Clean my kitchen.