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Cook the books: How to use Google Home to help you in the kitchen

Put away the recipe cuttings and put the chef's hat on Google Assistant

Cooking with Google Home
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Your Google Home speaker has plenty of hidden skills, but the help it can provide in the kitchen is among its most useful.

Whether you're looking for step-by-step cooking instructions, want recipe inspiration or a suggestion of what goes well with a certain dish, the Assistant is ready - if you're in the US, UK, Canada or Australia, at least.

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In this guide, we'll detail how to find a recipe and interact with Google and bring it to life. There's plenty of dedicated cooking platforms the company has partnered with to help the Assistant's chef abilities, too, and below we'll explain how to transfer these to your speaker.

How to use Google Assistant in the kitchen

Cooking with Google Home: Find a recipe

The first step in learning how to cook with Google, obviously, is finding something you want to cook.

This is easy if you're happy with a random recipe, which we'll cover in the first method, though you'll have to use your phone or tablet if you want instructions regarding a specific recipe from a cooking partner.

We mentioned a few above, but here's a longer list of where you can find supported recipes: All Recipes, Buzzfeed, Bon Appetit, Chowhound, Today, Food Network, Serious Eats, Simply Recipes, My Recipes, Food, Epicurious, Martha Stewart and Taste Of Home.

Method 1: Ask Google Assistant for a recipe

The Google Assistant can grab a fresh recipe for you instantly - just say something like, "Hey Google, find me a recipe for spaghetti bolognese," and the voice assistant will pick at random from one of the partners above.

Unfortunately, you're not able to request a specific recipe from one of these partners using just your voice through Google Home - to do that, follow the next method.

Cook the books: How to use Google Home to help you in the kitchen

Method 2: Find a recipe on a phone or tablet

For those in the mood for a specific recipe, you can hunt down something from one of the cooking partners and send it straight to your smart speaker.

You'll have to do so on your tablet or phone - desktops aren't supported - and we found this worked most reliably when using the Google app, available for both Android and iOS.

1. Ensure your device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Google speaker.

2. Next, make sure that the Google Account signed into your device's browser is the same one used to link to your Google speaker.

3. Then, from the Google app's search box, type and find a recipe. Once you've found one, tap 'Send to [device name]'. It will then be saved onto your device and can be activated for 24 hours.

4. Once you're in front of your speaker, say, "Hey Google, start the recipe."

Cooking with Google Home: Prepare the ingredients

Once you've found a recipe and you're ready for the next step, it's time to prep what you'll need to cook. Do this by saying, "Hey Google, prepare the ingredients," and wait for the read-out.

If you already have the ingredients ready to go, say, "Ok Google, skip to the instructions."

Cooking with Google Home: Follow the cooking instructions

In the next step, the Assistant will read out instructions individually, or in clusters of three.

The latter can be tricky to keep up with, but, using the below commands, you can quickly learn how to co-manage the kitchen with your smart speaker.

Google Assistant cooking commands

  • "Hey Google, repeat step six."
  • "Ok Google, how many steps to go?"
  • "Hey Google, go to the next step."
  • "Ok Google, what the next ingredient?"
  • "Hey Google, how much garlic do I use?"
  • "Ok Google, what is 10ml in fluid ounces?"
  • "Hey Google, how many people does this recipe serve?"
  • "Ok Google, set a timer for 20 minutes."
  • "Hey Google, I'm finished cooking."
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