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Google Home wants to make you into a master chef

Forget your stack of dusty old cookbooks and your worries about gunking up your phone with messy hands while you struggle to follow directions in the kitchen. Google Home will help streamline your cooking experience with a major expansion of its ability to guide you through recipes.

Google announced in a blog post that Assistant will now give users access to step-by-step, voice-activated guides for more than 5 million dishes through the Home speaker. The new recipes come courtesy of partnerships with Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network, and others.

You’ll still be able to get directions for dishes on the fly by telling Google that you’re ready to cook, but finding specific recipes is a bit more complicated. You’ll need to use Google to pick one out on your phone beforehand and send it to the device using the “Send to Google Home” button. 

Once you’re prepped to cook, prompt your Home with a command, like “OK, Google, start cooking,” or “OK, Google, start recipe.” As you’re cooking, you’ll be able to retrace your steps by asking Assistant to repeat directions.

While you’re following Assistant’s directions, you’ll still be able to use your Home to do things like listen to music and set voice commands. 

The feature will roll out to Google Home owners starting this week. The update should make it easier to follow recipes than using old-school methods — but unfortunately, Home still can’t do much to keep you from burning your dessert.

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