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September 5, 2013

By

Lauren Gordon

This ultra “skinny” cocktail gets the job done.

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Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Ounces quality lemon vodka
  • Polar® Lemon Seltzer
  • Lemon peel, to rim glass and garnish

Directions

Vigorously shake lemon vodka and Polar® Lemon Seltzer. Pour over ice. Rim the glass with lemon peel and use as garnish

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Now we're cooking—the Assistant on Google Home is your secret ingredient

Cooking without burning the food can be hard enough. But before you even get there you have to prep your ingredients, all while trying not to get flour and eggs on, well, everything. Unless you’re a graceful TV chef, your favorite recipe book may end up covered in unbaked cookie.

But what if you could listen to a recipe and your favorite music, all at the same time? To help you perfect your kitchen skills, we’re introducing the ability to cook with the Google Assistant on Google Home.

Thanks to Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network and more, you’ll be able to follow step-by-step cooking instructions for more than 5 million recipes. Creating your next banana bread masterpiece or stuffed chicken valentino for a dinner party feast will be easier than ever.

So here’s your recipe … for recipes on Google Home:

Step 1: Pick a recipe! Go to the Google Assistant on your Android phone or to Google Search (iOS or Android) and find a recipe. Once you pick your favorite, select the “Send to Google Home” button. Whether you’re at home or on the go, your recipe will be saved.

Step 2: Once you’re ready to cook, just say “Ok Google, start cooking" or "Ok Google, start recipe."

Step 3: Gather your ingredients, your apron and you’re halfway there.

And, for those times when you’re not sure if you missed a step or just need to repeat the directions, say “Ok Google, repeat” or “Ok Google, what’s step two?”

Step 4: While you stir and taste test, you can also continue to get things done with your Google Assistant on Google Home. All while you’re following the recipe, you can play your favorite music, ask about conversions (teaspoons to tablespoons, tablespoons to cups -- who can remember that stuff?) and set a timer or two.

Step 5: Enjoy your meal!

This feature will roll out over the coming week, so if you don't have it yet, try again in a few days! And if you’re looking for inspiration, you can also say “Ok Google, let's make macaroons” and we’ll give you a recipe to start.

There’s no set-up necessary—just send a recipe to your Google Home or start on the device and you’re ready to start cooking.


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For parties, says Portland chef Scott Ketterman, paella is a host’s dream. “You do most of the work beforehand, and then you just stand at the fire adding things to the pan, sipping wine and creating this amazingly impressive dish. People love to watch it cook.”


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The Pros And Cons Of Cooking With Google's Assistant In Lenovo's Smart Display

Lenovo’s Smart Display with Google’s Assistant onboard is a surprisingly well-designed cooking aid. It has flaws and at least one of them is a major problem, but overall, it’s a wonderful addition to the kitchen.

What the Smart Display does well

Say “OK Google, show me some recipes for <what you want to make>” and the Smart Display surfaces a list of recipes from a variety of sources such as the Food Network, Delish, Betty Crocker, King Arthur Flower and many more. If you are familiar with one of the sources and generally like their recipes, you can do a restricted search within that source. For example, “OK Google, show me some recipes for pizza from King Arthur Flower” gives you just what you asked for. This doesn’t work for all sources, however.

Tapping on a recipe brings up a screen with either an overview of the recipe or the page with the recipe from the source’s website. The overview displays the ingredients and cooking instructions in two easily read columns so you can decide if you want to give it a try. If you do, you can launch the recipe with “OK Google, start cooking” or tapping a “Start cooking” button on the bottom of the screen. (My wife and I explored cooking with Lenovo’s 10” Smart Display. The columns may not be as easy to read on an 8” display.)

If you open a recipe but don’t start cooking within about 45 seconds, the screen returns to the default screen that appears when you wake up the Smart Display and the recipe is lost. This can be annoying.

Launching the recipe opens a screen with a list of ingredients. You can have the ingredients read to you one at a time, use the touch screen to scroll through the list, or move backward and forward through the list with onscreen buttons. Voice control, screen scrolling, and button tapping are all generally available while you’re cooking which makes navigation through a recipe both easy and convenient. It’s a significant benefit in circumstances where your hands are busy, dirty, or you’d rather read than listen.

If you don’t want to step through the ingredients you can skip straight to the instructions that walk you through the cooking process.

The instructions screen with ingredients listed in a side column

The instructions screen is very well designed for use while cooking. The screen is divided into two columns. On the left is a step-by-step list of instructions in large text that is easy to read from a distance. The list of ingredients is on the right in smaller text. The two columns scroll independently so you can check ingredients while you’re cooking without losing your place in the recipe. The days of having to go back and forth between ingredients and cooking instructions are over.

One of the nicest features of cooking with the Smart Display is that you can leave the recipe to do something else and then return to where you left off. This can be very useful if, for example, you need some basic cooking information like how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon in the middle of a recipe. Ask and the Assistant will tell you while bringing up a screen with the answer. Saying “OK, Google, go back to the recipe” returns to your place in the recipe. This same process can be used to set a timer, play music or a podcast, or watch a video on YouTube while you cook.

The Smart Display recognizes different speakers just like Google’s Home line of digital assistants. Cooking with the Smart Display isn’t disrupted if someone other than the cook gives the Assistant a command. For example, my wife launched a recipe and then I asked the Assistant to play one of my Spotify playlists. The Smart Display recognized each of us and returned to the recipe with the music playing when either of us gave the command to return.

The Smart Display shows your most recent recipe when you return to the default screen

How cooking with the Smart Display can be improved

The Smart Display has one very serious flaw. There doesn’t appear to be any way to save a recipe. Discovering new recipes and adding them to your collection is an essential part of cooking. The inability to do this with the Smart Display is a major omission for a cooking app, and it may be a deal breaker for some.

Another omission that’s important, although not as serious, is the inability to add the ingredients for a recipe to your shopping list. This useful feature is common on cooking websites and should be available on the Smart Display.

Speaking of cooking websites, you can’t send a recipe you find on the internet to the Smart Display, you’re limited to cooking with the recipes in the device’s catalog. The catalog has thousands of recipes, but it would still be nice if you could add ones you find elsewhere. There may be an exception to this general finding. CNET reports that If you have a phone with the Assistant built in, some recipes will have a “Send to Google Home” button which gives the Smart Display access to the recipe. I wasn’t able to test this feature.

You may have noticed that I’ve preceded every example command with “OK Google”. That’s because the Continued Conversation feature that lets you have an ongoing interaction with the Assistant in a Home device without having to precede every utterance with "OK Google" isn’t available on the Smart Display. If you’ve gotten used to talking to the Assistant without having to say “OK Google” all the time, going back to doing it the old way is a constant annoyance.

I’ve already mentioned that the recipe overview screen will revert to the default screen after 45 seconds if you don’t start cooking. It’s a minor annoyance.

Lenovo’s Smart Display is at its best during the actual cooking process. Once you start cooking, both navigation and screen layout appear to have been thoughtfully designed by people with a good deal of cooking experience. The information you need is always on the tip of your tongue, at your fingertips and within your line of sight with background entertainment seamlessly built in.

Cooking with the Smart Display could be improved by tightening up several features and adding others like the ability to send recipes from cooking websites to the Display. The inability to save recipes is a major problem that needs to be corrected.

It’s important to remember that the Smart Display is the first Assistant enabled display to hit the market. Considering that this is a first attempt, Lenovo has done an exceptional job. The Smart Display is likely to become an essential part of the cooking process in our house, and if Lenovo fixes some of the problems with future updates, we’ll quickly get to the point of wondering how we ever cooked without it. Even as it stands now, the Smart Displays brings the joy to the joy of cooking.

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Deviled Crab Louis

Whoever Louis—or Louie—was (no one’s quite sure), San Francisco’s Hotel St. Francis was serving his addictive combination of Dungeness crab, iceberg lettuce, and chili-mayo dressing in 1910. Our updated recipe reflects a broader selection of greens, with salsa and smoky chipotle chiles replacing the chili sauce for a more interesting interplay of flavors. But a little mountain of sweet, fresh crab—a far pricier ingredient now than a century ago—is still the final flourish.

Deviled Crab Louis recipe:

  • 8 romaine or iceberg lettuce leaves (10 in. long)
  • 1 head Belgian endive (white or red 3 oz.), leaves separated
  • 2 qts. finely shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce, or a combination
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Deviled Louis Dressing (recipe below)
  • 1 lb. shelled cooked Dungeness or Alaska king crab
  • 2 firm-ripe tomatoes (3/4 lb. total), cored and each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and each cut into 4 wedges
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. chopped chives
  • Lemon wedges

1. Line dinner plates or wide bowls with whole lettuce leaves, and then Belgian endive leaves.

2. In a large bowl, combine shredded lettuce and parsley. Add 2/3 cup deviled Louis dressing and mix gently. Divide among lettuce-lined plates.

3. Mound crab in center of shredded lettuce mixture arrange tomato and egg wedges around edges. Sprinkle salads with salt, pepper, and chopped chives. Serve with lemon wedges and remaining dressing.

Deviled Louis dressing recipe: Purée 1 cup tomato salsa (medium to hot) and 3 to 4 tsp. chopped canned chipotle chiles in a blender until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in 2 cups mayonnaise, 6 tbsp. lemon juice, and 1 tbsp. sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 3 1/2 cups.


Best for Music

Like the Nest Hub Max, JBL's Link View (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is an all-around winner. It has the best speakers of any display we've tried, and its 8-inch screen is ideal—small enough that it doesn't take up your whole countertop, but big enough for squint-free Google Duo video chats or displaying photos. Plus, it has a built-in privacy cover over its webcam to ensure no one is snooping on you. It's getting a little old now, so try to buy it when it goes on sale.


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Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and bestselling author, is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information and a guide for all aspects of everyday living — cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets.

In May 2014, Martha Stewart's Cooking School won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Series, In-Studio or Location. MSLO’s expansive portfolio of television programming has been recognized over the years with 18 Emmy Awards including back-to-back Emmys for outstanding lifestyle show in 2010 and 2011.

Martha's namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, founded in 1996, reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media platforms each month and has a growing retail presence in thousands of retail locations. In addition, the company’s multimedia offerings encompass award-winning magazines, bestselling books, innovative websites and many digital apps.

Raised in Nutley, New Jersey, in a family with six children, Martha developed her passion for cooking, gardening and homekeeping at an early age. Her mother taught her the basics of cooking, baking, canning, and sewing her father introduced her to gardening at the age of three. Martha earned a bachelor’s degree in history and architectural history at Barnard College. Upon graduating, she became a stockbroker on Wall Street, where she gained her early business training. After moving to Westport, Connecticut, in 1972, she developed a catering business that showcased her remarkable talent and originality. Her unique visual presentation of food and the elegant recipes she created for her catered events were the basis for her first book, Entertaining, published in 1982. Entertaining was the first of 77 books, many of which are bestsellers, including Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook and Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. The latter is the inspiration, Martha Stewart's Cooking School.

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Martha Stewart founded the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2007.

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Voice Assistant FAQ

Can voice assistants access applications?

Similar to phone applications, voice applications allow voice assistants to perform specialized tasks or provide custom services. Granting voice assistants new abilities through applications gives you the ability to enhance what your voice-assistant-enabled device is capable of, whether that means guiding you through a recipe or donating to a charity.

Will voice assistants my privacy?

Yes. But some loss of privacy is inevitable when using most modern technology. The devices and applications we’ve come to rely on for their convenience simply wouldn’t be so convenient if they weren’t gathering data. Privacy is the trade-off for ease and speed.

A voice assistant’s reliance on voice recognition and recording technology in particular can lead to privacy concerns. Now, as Fingerman explained, “Voice assistants are technically always listening for their wake-word, but they do not record until activated.” That said, those recorded segments are often parsed through after the fact by humans, who annotate recordings in order to bolster machine learning. Recorded data may also be linked to individuals. Still, recordings are sent over an encrypted connection. And you can delete recordings by visiting your voice assistant’s settings. Amazon Alexa does one better: You can just ask her to delete them for you.

Leading tech companies are introducing more and more privacy measures to help consumers feel comfortable bringing smart devices home. Google is figuring out ways to accomplish more computing within the device, rather than exporting work to the cloud. As the big names jostle to establish themselves as privacy-friendly, rather than privacy-invasive, we look forward to seeing more user control over voice assistant functionality.


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