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Jun 30, 2014 07:15 AM

IBM's Watson is now a cooking app apparently

This has a nice visual, but apparently it's very early in the process.

Google also has a very handy recipe feature already. This looks like a snazzier version of the same thing.

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  1. Yeah, I posted about this a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't get any play:

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    1. I signed up for the beta test.

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      1. Huh.

        I've been kinda doing the same thing with google for years.

        I don't even use the recipe app. I find a general search works for my needs ( Just type in ingredients, sometimes use "+" ).

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          1. re: pikawicca

            I'll give it a try next time I need a recipe.

            Bad thing; I'm a CMU/CS mom.

            p.s. in my defense, my kiddo has also worked for google....

          2. re: pedalfaster

            I always think Google should show me more results, but that may be greed on my part.

            It's a good way to get lost in more obscure food blogs though. "Oh, I've never seen this one." Three hours later you're ordering pizza. But overall I've found Google to be pretty useful.

          3. I've been playing with the beta for awhile and the results are hysterical.

            It's trying to invent new recipes rather than just helping you search out existing recipes, and it's not very good at it yet. One of my first recipe recommendations involved roasting peaches then blending them with raw chicken and serving it as soup.

            It'll be interesting to watch it learn and improve, but right now, it is definitely not ready for prime time.

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            1. re: Jacquilynne

              I just took the app out for a spin and was flung right off the merry-go-round. I searched for a vegetarian dish with eggplant, thyme & onion. Here's one of the recipes I got:

              "Squeeze potato lime juice and seeds into strainer set over bowl. Press on seeds to extract all lime juice. Chop potato. Set aside 2/7 of the chopped potato, 1/4 of the cucumber, and 1/4 of the porcini. Combine remaining potato, cucumber, and porcini in processor. Add potato lime juice, onion, lime juice, oil, cider vinegar, garlic, and chile de arbol; process. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer soup to bowl; add reserved vegetables. Cover and chill overnight. Divide soup among 6 bowls. Drizzle with thyme oil. Sprinkle with baby eggplants."

              Is "potato lime juice" available commercially, or do I need to make it from scratch? Are the baby eggplants granular, and if not, how does one sprinkle them?

            2. I got my access recently and have been underwhelmed. The interface is brutal, scrolling through 100s (if not 1000s) of ingredients is a pain. The results of those searches and then specifying types of dish and styles have not produced anything I'm ready to try. Watson needs to learn faster.

              I'll keep playing with it but the web interface needs a major overhaul before it's ready for prime time.