Amazon has integrated almost 60,000 recipes from Allrecipes so that you can ask the Amazon Echo voice-interface Alexa practically every recipe you may ever need. All you have to do is ask Alexa:
Alexa, What can I make with [list ingredients that you have]?
And Alexa recommends you the highest-rated recipes in the database. In case the recommended recipe takes too long to make, you can tell Alexa:
Alexa, I have got just 15 minutes to cook
And Alexa refines the search with all the recipes that can be cooked in 15 minutes with the ingredients that you have.
This way, Amazon’s Echo has become even more useful to moms and dads looking for some great recipes that they can turn up with the materials that they already have.
But how do you avail all those 60,000 recipes through the Alexa interface? When you set up Echo you also install an app on your mobile phone. So you will have to download the skill from the Alexa app onto your smartphone. After you have downloaded the skill, you can run various voice queries asking Alexa what can be cooked with the material you already have, how much time it is going to take and you can also ask Alexa to give you step-by-step instructions.
Here’s a video that explains how you can look up thousands of recipes using Alexa:
The video doesn’t look very convincing. When the woman asks for recipes for “chicken and mushrooms” Alexa answers back with a recipe for “chicken and mushrooms”, which is, kind of, a dampener, don’t you think?
Listening to recipes and then cooking can be a bit tricky. People are used to reading recipes on their notebooks or on their laptops or even iPads and iPhones, but actually listening to them and then cooking? Maybe it is about getting used to a new interface in the house. It’s like, when you have something fancy with you, you try to do different things with it just to check how optimally it can be used.