Allrecipes Expands Alexa Cooking Skill Feature Set for New Amazon Echo Show
Allrecipes Skill from Amazon Alexa will be the among first cooking skills updated for Amazon Echo Show devices. The voice-activated skill will let millions of home cooks search and discover recipes, watch how-to preparation videos, and store their favorites – all while preparing meals hands-free in their kitchens.
Allrecipes is the world’s largest digital food brand, with 80 million users worldwide and 1.5 billion annual visits. Allrecipes was early to provide comprehensive cooking content via voice activation, launching an Alexa skill for devices such as Amazon Echo and Echo Dot late last year. The Allrecipes skill for Alexa lets users search for a recipe from a database of more than 60,000 and then guides them through the cooking process. The skill also lets users ask Alexa what they can cook with a set of on-hand ingredients, and Allrecipes will return recipe matches.
With this new launch, Allrecipes expands its Alexa skill capabilities to include visual guidance and demonstration, letting users speak commands to select from among multiple recipe images, as well as use their voice to play, pause and navigate how-to videos shown on the Amazon Echo Show’s 7-inch touchscreen. These new features will make it easier for home cooks to discover and execute recipes, while keeping their hands free for meal preparation.
“We are excited to continue to lead the way in food innovation for home cooks,” said Stan Pavlovsky, Meredith Digital President. “Voice-led experiences are playing a rapidly growing role in helping home cooks discover and prepare recipes with ease. Adding visual guidance to that experience is the next step. With this skill, Allrecipes turns the cooking show of the past into an interactive and fully customizable experience that has more than 60,000 paths to choose.”
Users who have already downloaded the Allrecipes Alexa skill to their Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot devices will have access to these new features upon setting up and logging into their new Amazon Echo Show device. New Alexa users can enable the Allrecipes skill on their Echo Show by simply stating, “Alexa, enable the Allrecipes skill.”
Users with accounts on allrecipes.com can use voice commands to access their list of favorite saved recipes.
Amazon Echo Shows have been available for pre-order since March, and have topped Amazon’s Most Popular Electronics list.