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I think of my Amazon Echo as a cooking device.

I know that Alexa, the virtual assistant that powers the smart speaker, has a wide range of capabilities but, to me, she’s of most use in the kitchen. A study released last month suggests I may not be alone in this assessment. The most popular Alexa command is “set a timer.” She can also provide measurement conversions and her voice control comes in handy when you’re elbow-deep in bread dough.

Today, Alexa is getting even more kitchen smarts. Seattle-based Allrecipes is introducing an Alexa skill gives home cooks access to its library of recipes, step-by-step recipe guidance, and other features.

Using the Allrecipes skill, cooks can ask Alexa to find a recipe that uses the ingredients they have on hand. Alexa can guide you through each step of the recipe and respond to commands like “pause, next, repeat,” and “skip.”

“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,” Amazon Alexa Director Rob Pulciani said in a press release. “We’re excited to work with Allrecipes to create a cooking experience that leverages the benefit of hands-free Alexa voice technology.

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