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AllRecipes now offers hands-free guides through Amazon Echo and Dot

Allrecipes is turning to Amazon’s Alexa to make cooking a little easier. The popular culinary destination introduced its premiere skill for Amazon Alexa this week, which will allow consumers voice-guided, hands-free access to Allrecipes’ vast collection of best-loved recipes.

Users will be able to access quick dinners, appetizers, creative entrees and more without having to fiddle through devices with sticky fingers. With the skill, home cooks can quickly get recipes to match the desired dish type, available on-hand ingredients, maximum cooking time, and/or preferred cooking method.

Once a recipe is selected, Alexa will guide the cook through each step of preparing the dish; cooks control the pace of their cooking by instructing Alexa to pause, next, repeat, skip or move forward.

“So many of our customers are using their Alexa-enabled devices in the kitchen, and with the addition of Alexa skills like Allrecipes, that experience only gets better,” says Rob Pulciani, Director, Amazon Alexa. “We’re excited to work with Allrecipes to create a cooking experience that leverages the benefit of hands-free Alexa voice technology. Getting meal recommendations and step-by-step recipes – with just your voice – makes putting dinner on the table a little easier for our busy customers.”

“Allrecipes has a long tradition of being first to introduce innovative new experiences that make grocery shopping and home cooking more rewarding, from our beginnings as the first social media food site two decades ago to the seamless integration of our brand into connected kitchen appliances this past year,” says Stan Pavlovsky, President of Meredith Digital. “Our vision is to make Allrecipes’ content and community available wherever and whenever needed, so preparing dishes is as easy as possible for our audience of busy families and passionate food enthusiasts.”

Cooks with Alexa-enabled device like Amazon Echo or Echo Dot can just ask simple questions to get started, A few examples are “what can I make with chicken, bacon and cheddar cheese?,” “Ask Allrecipes for the recipe of the day,” “Ask Allrecipes to find the World’s Best Lasagna recipe,” or simply say “Ask Allrecipes, how much butter is needed for Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies?.”

The Allrecipes Skill for Alexa is now available for free through the Amazon Alexa app available on iOS, Android and Fire tablets, or by simply voice enabling the skill by saying “Alexa, enable the Allrecipes Skill.”

The Allrecipes skill is available for all Alexa-enabled devices, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV. If you need help choosing the best Amazon Alexa device, Amazon makes it pretty easy. You can find a walkthrough of each device’s features and price-points on Amazon’s official website at Amazon.com/alexa.