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Music in the kitchen?

I have to be honest. This is not something that I've thought much about, until recently. A friend of mine and I were having a pint, and talking about music in the kitchen and at dinner parties. I hate music at dinner parties; a good dinner party is its own music. But in the kitchen, I have always had CBC Radio 1 (news and talk) on. At 6:00pm it's The World at Six, and at 6:30, As It Happens, a global news interview show, which opens with Moe Koffman's "Curried Soul". I always associate "Curried Soul" with dinner prep. About six moths ago, I got into the habit of playing Franz Ferdinand while I cook. It is *the* best for doing prep. That, or K'naan (and I generally dislike rap). Perhaps because the first cut on K'naan's CD (Dusty Foot Philosophy) is about water.

What are the rest of you listening to, and what's your age (I'm 43)?

Title: Dusty Foot Philosopher. And, excellent stuff. Musically very sophisticated. When was the last time that you heard a rapper accompanied by an oud?

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  1. Man - anything from the Grateful Dead (80's) to Belle and Sebastian to Italian Opera....depends on the meal/company - (37yo)

    1. I'm 35 and in NYC. Since my kitchen and living room are essentially one space, I usually have the TV on in the background. Whatever channel is on it doesn't make a difference. Sometimes it's the news, sometimes it's a movie. I just need the noise.

      BTW did you know the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand used to be a chef?

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      1. re: MrsT

        I didn't know that he was a chef, but I know that during their NA tour, that he was writing a food blog and a column for a UK mag. A friend of mine forwarded me a couple of samples of his writing, and it was pretty good.

      2. I love cooking to music. Usually I like to listen to upbeat danceable stuff; but if I'm cooking making Dominican food, I will play salsa and merengue.
        Lately though, I've really been digging The Fratelli's Costello Music.
        I do agree that dinner parties don't always need music. Sometimes it gets in the way of good conversation.
        I'm 31...

        1. Just to add something further to the K'naan reference... He was born in Somalia, but is now a Canadian. By complete accident, the second or third time I listened to his CD, I was making (without staging the event) a Somali crab stew. Great night.

          1. funny, i just had this discussion with a friend a few days ago.

            i'm a music fiend with ridiculously eclectic & wide-ranging tastes - from classical to ska, classic rock to old-school hip-hop, and almost everything in between [just no country. PLEASE, no country. oh, and i could do without bubble gum pop as well.]

            i always listen to music when cooking and baking, but for some reason i stick to specific genres when i'm in the kitchen...jazz, blues, soul or r&b...and occasionally reggae if i'm in a really beachy summer mood.

            oh, and i'm 35.

            1. Age 43. I frequently have NPR or Air America (smart-ass liberal radio) on while I'm cooking, but if I'm in a more serious cooking mode, I invite my sous chefs Greg Brown, Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn into the kitchen. Oh, and some good old 70's rock.

              Speakers in the kitchen are important to us. Prep is more fun with some music to suit your mood. For dinner parties, we still play some music (many of our guest are pretty deep into the music scene), but we keep it very quiet. Often, we just switch on the classical station for a soft background.

              My initial Thanksgiving prep is behind me for the time being, and the Hub is in the Kitchen doing his part, and he's got Nick Cave blasting, and Lou Reed cued up. Music is a definite must in the kitchen!

              1. Eyes of the World, any version will do from '73 to '77. I've heard a good one from 93 too.

                1. My husband is a pianist. When we built our house, we put a piano right next to the (open) kitchen. He plays, I cook and we've gained too many pounds but are having a wonderful time. When he's not around, I have an eclectic selection of CDs playing - Buena Vista Social Club to Beach Boys to Chopin classics.

                  1. I'm 24 and in Toronto, where it's yucky and rainy - so I'm listening to Great Lake Swimmers, their eponymous album. Very mellow and introspective. Generally, though, anything goes.

                    1. I Like to listen to any kind of music while prepping, preferably a little upbeat or sing a long, haha! back home my family used to always play music during dinner and after dinner was over the volume would go up and sometimes we'd end up singing and dancing! (haha, few bottles of wine later) Now during dinner I like to play quiet back ground music, like Amos Lee, Norah, Buena Vista Social Club or Patty Griffin. Sometimes Eros Ramazzotti when eating italian, haha!
                      Music makes cooking (and cleaning up) much more fun. Sometimes I have the TV on but I get distractedto easily and get sucked into whatever is on TV....
                      Oh, age 27..

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                      1. re: mariekeac

                        To lovers of the Buena Vista Social Club (which I also love) try the Lecuona Cuban Boys, a group from the 1930's and 1940's. Good for cooking and very energizing for cleanup.

                      2. In the morning I frequently bust out some vinyl. I've got a little bit of everything on vinyl. Infinity, the first Journey album with Steve Perry as lead singer, has been getting a fair amount of airplay recently.

                        A lot of the time I take my lappie in the kitchen with me and put it on the freezer, well out of the way of the stove and the sink. I put on iTunes and either put it on shuffle or a playlist of various things I like, or else I put on my Pandora station, which is exceeding eclectic. Others have more than one station, depending on what style music they feel like, but I've got everything in one station from Buddy Holly to Hank 3 to the Dead to Billie Holiday to Afro Celt Sound System.

                        Over the summer there was a day when Cody and I were trying to put together a salad really fast. I put on an old vinyl record I have, Cookin' on the Roof by Roman Holliday--mid-80s "new wave swing"--and we made that salad in record time. (Not sure just what 17-year-old Cody thought of that record...)

                        1. While I was growing up, my mom always played music while preparing dinner. Now that I'm 24, I always listen to music and have a few mixes on itunes called "mom's kitchen music" that I play. I just associate those songs/artists with hanging out in the kitchen with my mom talking about school and life, and I gravitate to those same songs when I'm feeling lonely and cooking for one. I often wonder if my kids (if I have any) will assosciate certain cooking songs with me as well.

                          1. The following song (lyrics included and credited) is often on the cooking playlist in our house. In reading this post, I realize how appropriate it is for the CHs cooking and the CHs dining out. I hate to use the phrase, but "it kinda keeps ya real."

                            Going to spin the vinyl right now, in anticipation of a dinner party stress-level. Keep it real.


                            Styx "The Grand Illusion"

                            Written by dennis deyoung
                            Lead vocals by dennis deyoung

                            Welcome to the grand illusion
                            Come on in and see whats happening
                            Pay the price, get your tickets for the show
                            The stage is set, the band starts playing
                            Suddenly your heart is pounding
                            Wishing secretly you were a star.

                            But dont be fooled by the radio
                            The tv or the magazines
                            They show you photographs of how your life should be
                            But theyre just someone elses fantasy
                            So if you think your life is complete confusion
                            Because you never win the game
                            Just remember that its a grand illusion
                            And deep inside were all the same.
                            Were all the same...

                            So if you think your life is complete confusion
                            Because your neighbors got it made
                            Just remember that its a grand illusion
                            And deep inside were all the same.
                            Were all the same...

                            America spells competition, join us in our blind ambition
                            Get yourself a brand new motor car
                            Someday soon well stop to ponder what on earths this spell were under
                            We made the grade and still we wonder who the hell we are

                            1. r&b, u-2, peter gabriel, zeppelin, fall out boy right now for prep, and '80s dance music. plus chardonnay. when guests come, quiet erik satie in background. more wine.

                              ps, cayjohan, per your lyric's site (thanks), i never knew zeppelin's bron-y-aur stomp was about a dog!

                              1. I'm very lucky, the computer is on the kitchen and I've got close to 5,000 songs on my hard drive. I set it to shuffle, and I'm "cookin' ".

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                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    I stick my iPod in the sound dock and put it on shuffle. I am very partial to Scissor Sisters when cooking though.

                                  2. re: jnk

                                    I do the same thing. I've also got several playlists set up, depending on my mood, and they range from ACDC to Alison Krause. One of my favorite things to do is listen to a podcast while I'm cooking; usually PTI from ESPN.
                                    Oh, I'm 27.

                                    1. re: ajs228

                                      Hee hee! We love PTI! But the problem with the podcast is that when they do Roleplay, you can't see the big blown up heads...

                                  3. jfood just found a new streaming-radio site called www.pandora.com It's unbelievable. If you are in the mood for The Dead, type it and it plays songs from and like (as close as possible). Want some Norah Jones, gotit, James Taylor, yup, ben harper, yes sir.

                                    So your mood can change and a couple of strokes on the keyboard, and away you go. A couple of plug in speakers and the spurtles are cookin'.

                                    It's jfood's new favorite site.

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                                    1. re: jfood

                                      i love pandora but they shut it down to canadian usage a few months back... i've been hard placed to find a good replacement since then. although i would notice that my steams would eventually turn 80s on me! i couldn't train it properly.

                                      i just need a good beat to keep my rhythm in the kitchen but i would never play music during a dinner party until it was later in the evening and it became more party party.

                                      but the tv is a huge no no and same with news radio. i start to get unfocused on the food and thinking about everything else. it's the same with housework though.. the beat keeps me going through the motions.

                                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                        If you have XM service in your car, you might consider trying them online. They have a lot of choices, including some French Canadian stations (I think they had to offer them in order to do business in Canada). I think they have a free trial on their website, think it's www.xmradio.com

                                      2. re: jfood

                                        totally cool, jfood!!!! thanks.

                                        1. re: alkapal

                                          another big thanks to j for the pandora rec.

                                          loving it!

                                        2. re: jfood

                                          Yes, I love pandora. I mentioned upstream a bit my own station, which I'm rather proud of. Others have lots of stations, all different styles, but I just have the one, with a huge variety of music...I'll share: go to pandora and click "find a shared station" and then search for "my eclectic station," and it pops right up. (Put it in quotation marks.)

                                          1. re: jfood

                                            Oh, this is a wonderful site! Thank you so much. I love to play music on my computer, but wind up bored with most of the online stations I've found. I tried Bruce Springsteen, and have been enjoying for the past hour! Very, very cool site.

                                            1. re: jfood

                                              Thanx for the rec JFood!!! Pandora is awesome!!!!

                                              1. re: jfood

                                                Great website, that pandora.com... Thanks tons for posting this, jfood.

                                              2. Bach with red. Haydn with white. Mozart with champagne.

                                                1. It doesnt matter what I'm cooking, I need Louisiana music playing. Anything and everything from Jelly Roll Morton to Moe-D to the Hot 8 Brass Band.

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                                                  1. re: Fydeaux

                                                    Does it include BeauSoleil also ? I will listen to Zachary Richard if I'm playing around with okra or other Louisiana reminders.

                                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                      Absolutely! And the Balfas, Nevilles, Cheniers, Dr John, Wild Magnolias, Rosie Ledet, Steve Riley; I love it all!

                                                  2. I'm a classically trained violinist, so there you go; a lot of times I enjoy Vanessa Mae/Bond style music (neo-classical?) and jazz, although this is more when I am doing the whole Cooking with Wine and a Heartbreak lately.

                                                    Most times it's heavy metal. (I'm 24.)

                                                    1. I am partial to live 365, which is an online music site with tons of different channels... however, when I choose my own, it can be anything from the Ramones to Tori Amos to Amy Winehouse to the Eels. Depends on the mood more than on what's cooking.

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                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                        linquafood ~

                                                        I love the Eels - after Thanksgiving dinner as I was washing wine glasses, my boys sat at the island bar and sang "I Like Birds".

                                                        "if you're small and on a search, I've got a feeder for you to perch on"

                                                        Depending on my mood, my music choices change. Feeling jazzy - Sinatra, Miles Davis, Harry Connick Jr, Madeline Peyroux. Feeling the need for speed - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones, Gorillaz, Incubus, The White Stripes. Feeling Moody - Damien Rice, Death Cab For Cutie, Iron and Wine, The Shins, Cat Power, Frou Frou, My Morning Jacket, Sufjan Stevens. Feeling like bopping along - Jimmy Buffet, Jack Johnson, Sublime, Weezer.

                                                        Most of the time, it's just easier to put the iPod on shuffle and listen to what comes on!

                                                        1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                          I love, love, love the eels. The whole "Beautiful Freak" album is truly excellent.

                                                          I dig most of your list, especially Frou Frou, Damien Rice, Stripes, Shins and Cat Power. I LOATHE Death Cab, but I guess there's no such thing as a match made in heaven. :)

                                                          I do my best kitchen work to:
                                                          Soul Coughing/Mike Doughty
                                                          Neutral Milk Hotel
                                                          Modest Mouse

                                                          I agree: thank you Jesus for iPod shuffle!

                                                      2. Depends on my mood. If energetic, then some U2, Collective Soul, or other up-tempo music that's good to sing with. If more relaxed, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and other smooth jazz. (I'm 25)

                                                        1. I'm 35 and I crave music as much as I crave food...the music will change with my mood as much as my food cravings change during the different seasons.

                                                          I love to put my ipod on shuffle after I choose a playlist of my choice...sometimes "al chill", sometimes "cardio", somethimes, "super sexy eclectic", and sometimes "all music".

                                                          For Thanksgiving, I made a date with all my podcasts of "Good Food" (a KCRW NPR Program) and "This American Life" while prepping my meal (4 hours of true pleasure...the time flew by)

                                                          The day after TG I finished up listening to all the podcasts while making goodies from the leftovers, and perfecting my "brittle" recipes for Xmas.

                                                          I think I really love listening to NPR shows when I want to really "zone out".

                                                          1. I have an iHome for my iPod in my kitchen and while I am in it cooking or cleaning it is on, and when I have guests over entertaining it is on as well. If they are over for drinks I have on upbeat music, if they are over for dinner I have on dinner music.

                                                            Music is good for the soul. (well GOOD music is.... I would never play Marilyn Manson.... EVER)

                                                            age 38.

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                                                            1. re: gryphonskeeper

                                                              For some reason, I love to listen to NPR when I cook. Maybe because I cook alone more often than not but was raised by kitchens full of women who talked in a flurry as they cooked... am I pretending Lynn Rosetto Casper and Terry Gross are my Nonna and my aunt? Perhaps!
                                                              I'm 36... but apparently a bit nostalgic....

                                                            2. It's kind of funny. For me, there is the music that I listen to in my kitchen at work (i'm a chef), and then there's the music I listen to at home. In a professional kitchen, one has to be prepared for Alice in Chains, Metallica, or the Dead. Ah, the mind of the learning chef. Don't get me wrong, I actually like that stuff. Home is more relaxed though. Mozart's k364, U2, bluegrass, and NPR are just a couple of examples.

                                                              1. i listen to all types of music while cooking, but my favorite is the muppet movie soundtrack... and i'm 38.

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                                                                1. re: mark

                                                                  I'm a Senior (72) and have been a classical music freak since my teens. However, if I can, I like to match the music to the food - Rachmaninoff for Beef Stroganoff, Elgar for Fish and Chips, Puccini for Pasta, etc.

                                                                2. When I'm cooking Italian, I have to listen to something like The Big Night soundtrack, Mob Hits, or Frank Sinatra. I swear it makes the sauce come out better. And for my weeklong cookie marathon coming up, gotta blast every Christmas tape I've collected in the last 30 or so years. I also agree with NPR for other times, it's very hypnotic.

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                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                    My favorite CD to cook with is The Big Chill soundtrack but I have been known to play a little Dave Matthews or Sting.
                                                                    I'm 36

                                                                    1. re: bubbles4me

                                                                      Sting has a home in Tuscany. Upright Bass player Christian McBride was asked to join him to play Bass for Sting's "All This Time" CD/DVD -- and when [Christian] was interviewed, he commented on how much weight he had been gaining while there because of all the great food Sting's "housekeeper/cook" prepared daily. I play it when preparing Tuscan soup.

                                                                    1. re: uman

                                                                      I forgot to mention one thing. Readers of the comic strip "Peanuts" may remember the time Schroeder tells Lucy that one of Beethoven's favourite foods was macaroni and cheese, and says that the girl he marries must know how to make macaroni and cheese (Lucy answers by asking how Beethoven felt about dry cereal.)

                                                                      So, every December 16th (Beethiven's birthday) we have macaroni and cheese.

                                                                      1. re: ekammin

                                                                        I think that you've just introduced me to a new tradition, ekammin!

                                                                        1. re: hungry_pangolin

                                                                          Enjoy it, hungry - we even make it from scratch, rather than just opening a box of Kraft Dinner.

                                                                        2. re: ekammin

                                                                          what an adorable idea! (not to mention tasty!!!)

                                                                          Of COURSE from scratch! What hound would use a box?

                                                                      2. I'm 35 and have a wide range of musical tastes so my kitchen music depends on what I'm cooking and my mood. Last week it was pouring rain and I was doing a soup so I felt like something mellow - Death Cab or the Lost in Translation soundtrack. Last night I was doing a stir fry so I rocked out to some classic Led Zepplin.

                                                                        If I ever get around to making pasta from scratch, I will definitely play something classical. I attended an outdoor cooking demonstration in Italy last summer and there was a string quartet practicing nearby so the chef was kneading her pasta to classical music while we all watched and drank Chianti. I decided I would always make pasta to classical after that.

                                                                        1. Here's a tangential question: do you like to listen to vinyl while you cook? I do, as the pop and sizzle of 20 to 30 year old records seems to meld with the pop-n-sizzle of whatever is sauteing. I have to admit that vinyl is my choice for cooking; the CDs can go in after dinner. Anyone else like that vinyl physicality with the physicality of cooking?

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                                                                          1. re: cayjohan

                                                                            I usually put on vinyl in the morning while I'm getting coffee and lunches made. My main problem with it when I'm doing any real cooking is that I don't have one of those cool old record players with the long spindle so you could put a bunch of records on and they'd play one after the other, so I'd have to stop and wash my hands every 20 minutes and turn the record over.

                                                                          2. I'm 32. When I am cooking I love playing the Hotel Costes series or Federico Aubele.

                                                                            1. We have this huge bake sale at the church this weekend so I started baking cookies this afternoon. I moved the computer into the kitchen and played ELO and The Fixx.

                                                                              1. I usually listen to some variant on Americana/alt-country while cooking. It could be someone recent (Neko Case, Wilco/Son Volt, Blanche, The Sadies etc.), or it might be one of the godparents of the genre (I'm particularly fond of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris). I've also been known to bust out some Southern soul, or if I'm feeling particularly upbeat, some traditional ska. The BF is Irish, so the Pogues also join the rotation from time-to-time, and I'm just fine with that.

                                                                                1. We used to listen to Art Bell when I worked in a bakery in the late 80's -early 90's, but there wasn't nearly the choices at 3:00am as there are now.

                                                                                  I prefer to listen to a local independent rock station, or NPR while I cook.


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                                                                                  1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                    When I worked at one bakery/café, we played a lot of Llasa de Sela. I still love her, despite having heard her first album on repeat for months.

                                                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                                                      Thanks for the hint about Llasa de sala. I downloadeda few of hersongs yesterday. Last night I was listening to my old Sass Jordan CDs.

                                                                                      I doubt that many Americans would recognize her name, but I am reasonably sure that you will. I heard her first on a Canadian radio station that I can pick up in the Cleveland area, and have traveled to London and Hamilton to see her in concert twice.

                                                                                      Michelle I am usually up until 2am, as I do my best work then, and I agree that many of Art's guests are not playing with a full deck, but they can be very entertaining.

                                                                                      1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                        Oh, I remember Sass Jordan. I think she ended up judging Canadian Idol, too.

                                                                                    2. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                      You can still listen to Coast to Coast with George Norry, http://www.coasttocoastam.com/ Art sometimes fills in here or there. The show can be very interesting at times. Makes you wonder where they find some of these folks they interview. I don't really cook while I listen, but I have insomnia so I get up and make the kids lunches when I should really be sleeping. Kind of cooking...

                                                                                    3. I have found that, quite unintentionally, I began "scoring" meals some years ago. (Well. I didn't find it. My wife pointed it out.) Italian-inspired food? Opera. Stir-Fry? Yo-Yo-Ma. Fried Chicken? The soundtrack to "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?"

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                                                                                      1. re: jmckee

                                                                                        I, like jfood, am a Pandora fan- I have a couple of stations that suit different occasions- for prep, I really prefer uptempo music- even trance. When I'm doing serious meat stuff (butchering, making terrines, etc.) I can't help but love the blues. If either is appropriate to keep on through the meal, Ill just leve it playing!

                                                                                        One of the reasons I moved into this apartment is because of the 3 foot wide pass through between the kitchen and the dining room. We set up my computer directly ahead of the pass through so I can listen to iTunes or watch streaming media while I work.

                                                                                        Lastly, I worked with a lot of Mexicans while I was in professional kitchens. While I have to admit I really don't enjoy the pop music on the Mexican Chicago radio, I sometimes get nostalgic for the sound while I'm working on a big project.

                                                                                      2. 25, NYC. I enjoy my Saturday ritual of cooking to NPR's "Prairie Home Companion," but often enough find myself cooking to Fox News or a Cecilia Bartoli CD. On rare occasions, I will get ready for company with techno.

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                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                          23, Washington DC. i like listening to "wait wait don't tell me!" (NPR), america abroad (PRI), and then lately, i've been putting on a holiday mix on pandora.com. i got the idea to make a holiday mix in the pandora discussion boards, because apparently you have to just add "holiday" to the end of the artists name and it will play their holiday album instead of their normal stuff, which had been great as i cook and decorate.

                                                                                        2. Blondie - Eat to the Beat.
                                                                                          or talk radio or iTunes on shuffle. anything really. Im 45

                                                                                          1. My music taste is very broad, but I do like Marcia Ball (upbeat piano stlye blues, has a song "Mama's Cooking"), Gillian Welch, Adrienne Young, Nat King Cole.

                                                                                            1. I love to cook to and listen to the Sunday Morning Breakfast show on WFUV. The format is pretty eclectic, but mostly "city folk" music. It is the most relaxing thing to do. At most other times, when I am not cooking I prefer to listen to 70's UK punk, and glitter, (stuck in a time warp). 46

                                                                                              1. Disco! Especialyy pre "disco era" stuff like Crown Heights Affair, B.T. EXpress and First Choice. A sexy, 120 BPM beat keeps the water and booty boiling.

                                                                                                I am 49 nd recall this from the places I washed dishes in as a teenager!

                                                                                                1. apologies for resurrecting this topic, but I just had to comment as my life would be very empty without music indeed !

                                                                                                  I almost always cook to music, and usually to the more upbeat numbers, and the timing is usually great...a one hour CD is usually enough to take me through prep etc. For a long while I was in the habit of listening to a Putamayo sample CD while I cooked, but lately I've just been listening to the various CD's i've been buying. I dance, I sing, I cook. All round fun experience.

                                                                                                  Last night I made a pot of chili while Wintersleep-Welcome to the Night Sky played on the stereo, and it suited me fine ! (fantastic album btw) Also frequently played this week during dinner prep: The Blows, Gorillaz, The Ting Tings, Foxboro Hot Tubs (aka Green Day), Sensory Creatures, The Courteeners....I've been buying ALOT of music lately.

                                                                                                  Dinner parties usually call for something like Madeleine Peyroux, Putamayo, and I often pull out my David Gray or Train CD's.

                                                                                                  Oddly, as much as i love classical music, I don't usually cook or serve to it, although it's made an appearance. I do, however, work to it.

                                                                                                  BTW, K'naan is fantastic, i'm looking forward to the new album.

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                                                                                                  1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                    Pat Monahan (of Train) solo work is playing on Pandora.com as I type.
                                                                                                    For those unable to use Pandora.com have you given Radio Paradise dot com or Fine Tune dot com a try?

                                                                                                    When all else fails, iTunes radio section should take you to your immediate range of am/fm stations.

                                                                                                    Cooking without music is like life without pie :)

                                                                                                  2. I'm 23 and I range from Zeppelin IV to Stones Some Girls to Sinatra Reprise Years to Beatles Rubber Soul to Madame Butterfly to Edith Piaf's The Voice of the Sparrow to Dylan's greatest hits...nothing better than food and music

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                                                                                                    1. re: jacquelines

                                                                                                      Great range of music for a youngin' - makes me hopeful that others your age will enjoy the same...

                                                                                                      1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                        Thank you! I'm hoping to be a catalyst for the amazing music of the past into the future because I've seen nothing that nears the genius of the earlier days.

                                                                                                        1. re: jacquelines

                                                                                                          No no, thank YOU! I'm a generation ahead of you, and personally feel that music in general has ebbed. It could be my age finally showing - I never thought I'd get to this point :) - but I have a hard time relating to most of what I am assuming is contemporary that I hear on the radio and elsewhere. But hey, I grew up in the age where disco and pop were covering the airwaves and one had to make an effort to seek out anything outside of those bounds. I am sure that the works of many contemporary musical geniuses are yet to be heard by these ears - they as well need to be sought out.

                                                                                                          I've often pondered the thought of where our youth is headed based on the music that gets airplay and the stuff that intrudes upon my personal space via gangsta rides energizing super-amplified mega-subwoofers. "Was I or any of my peers even close to this kind of blatant disregard for society?" "The world's problems keep getting exponentially worse along with the music - none of these kids seem to be showing any awareness of what is about to befall them..." You, those like you, and those that you folks touch are proof that I just might be wrong...

                                                                                                          1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                            They were saying that same thing about Jass, the Charleston, bobby soxers, Bill Haley and on and on.

                                                                                                            Didn't Aristotle complain about the lack of respect of the young people?

                                                                                                            1. re: yayadave

                                                                                                              Yes, but as I mentioned, it could be that my age is finally showing... And the first things that came to mind were the relatively tame bobby socks and Bill Haley back in the 50s. But they are boys and girls in the choir compared to what's counter-culture nowadays... Had the pleasure of one of those current-day bobby soxers point a Stainless Steel handheld named Beretta at me for rolling up my window in the face of his loud "music." I guess he took it as an insult and wanted to let me know... :) I never realized up to that point that not agreeing with someone's tastes could cost me my life...

                                                                                                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                Ooops! Young people tend to be extreme.

                                                                                                    2. I love music and when i'm cooking or anything else for that matter I'll probably be listening to shoegaze or britpop. Lately I've been listening to: saint etienne, ulrich schnauss, windy & carl, chapterhouse, mbv, rachel goswell, club 8, entre rios, lullatone, etc.

                                                                                                      I listen to everything

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                                                                                                      1. re: bitsubeats

                                                                                                        When prepping food really anything - sometimes music, sometimes tv - when getting it ready to serve though, if in a romantic mood some really nice jazz (i.e. miles davis) or some kind of jazz mix on Pandora...if not romantic and just me than more tv... :-)

                                                                                                      2. being a drummer, I have my drumset in the great room/kitchen and everyday when I cook, I jam on my drums with the surround sound cranked with the ipod on my playlist..
                                                                                                        I jam to Al Green, Stones, John Legend, Chicago, Spoon, Don Henley, Ringo, Steely Dan, Tony Bennett, Tears for Fear, Cake, Nirvana..too many to name...
                                                                                                        Music changes the neurotransmitter molecules waves..negative ions synapse into a bliss of the sublime.

                                                                                                        1. What does Eat_Nopal listen to?

                                                                                                          Well I usually put together play lists and have found that I gravitate towards:

                                                                                                          > If I am grilling outdoors I often play Rock & Blues.... Doors, Zeppelin, El Tri, Real de Catorce... maybe a little Caifanes

                                                                                                          > Smokey Greens from the garden paired with Mezcal are usually set to Doors, Beatles, Pink Floyd, La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata, Los Dug Dugs and some Mulatu Astatqe

                                                                                                          > Cocktails.... get a lot of Esquivel, Sinatra, Benny More, Danzonera Dimas Perez, Tino Contreras, Duke Ellington, Luis Arcaraz & Ella Fitzgerald.

                                                                                                          > Contemporary Mexican cooking inspires lots of Eugenia Leon, Susana Harp, Cafe Tacuba, Son de Madera, Lila Downs etc.,

                                                                                                          > Classic Mexico City cooking usually gets paired to Tona La Negra, Gonzalo Curiel, Javier Solis, Pedro Vargas etc.,

                                                                                                          > Refined Mexican cooking gets compositions for Guitar, Piano, Clarinet and or Cello by Manuel M Ponce, Carlos Chavez, Eugenio Toussaint, Samuel Zyman, Javier Batiz and full orchestra compositions by Arturo Marquez etc.,

                                                                                                          > Rustic Mexican cooking gets Chavela Vargas, David Zaizar, Dueto Amanecer, El Negro Ojeda, Alvaro Carrillo, Los Duendes del Mayab, Chanta Vielma etc.,

                                                                                                          > Fusion cooking gets everything from Pata Negra to Tara Fuki, from Lhasa de Sela to Paris Combo, from Ewan McColl to Jobim

                                                                                                          BTW... feel free to check out my You Tube page...


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                                                                                                          1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                            it seems the last thread hit the dust...........but I would love to know where i can get my hands on a copy of that track./album (La Guanabana)

                                                                                                            To stay on topic, I played Caribou's Andorra while I cooked yellow lentils with spinach and ginger this evening...unrelated perhaps, but hey, Dan Snaith's been prominent in my tracklisting since winning the polaris prize.

                                                                                                            1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                              Nice! The music of Zacamandu (including La Guanabana) is available on iTunes and Amazon MP3

                                                                                                              For other World Class indie music from Mexico & Latin America check out: http://www.fonartelatino.com/

                                                                                                              All of that label's music can be found on iTunes

                                                                                                              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                                                Are you talking about Jarocho style music from Veracruz? If so here are 2 groups that play it. You can click on the songs at the right of the page to hear them.


                                                                                                                The best known song in this style is "La Bamba", which Richie Valens copied and made famous.

                                                                                                                1. re: Brian S

                                                                                                                  Yes, Zacamandu plays Son Jarocho in the regional style of Southern Veracruz. Mono Blanco... another great band is more of a Xalapa style Son Jarocho (Western Veracruz)

                                                                                                                  Tlenhuicani is also great... their variant of Son Jarocho is typical of the Huasteca region (Northern Veracruz) where Zacahuil tamales are the passion (3 foot long Tamales cooked in a Pit sliced into "steaks" then garnished with thick stews or salads etc.,)

                                                                                                                  I think in Mexico the most famous Son Jarocho might be El Cascabel particular since its so recognizable in Moncayo's "Huapango"... but I agree, the cheesy, simplistic arrangement of La Bamba by Valens is probably the most recognized Son Jarocho around the world.

                                                                                                                  Have you heard Son de Madera's version of La Bamba... its true to the Fandango roots of the music (i.e., 150 years ago people would get together to improvise as all this music is meant to be... Callers take turns making up phrases - which is why the modern lyrics of songs like La Bamba are nonsensical if taken as a whole song - while the musicians take turns improvising flourishes & the women tap dancing on the Tarima)

                                                                                                          2. I've made music players that each offer an hour of songs from various regions of the world which I can listen to while eating food from that area. You can do the same... or listen to mine. (No download requires, the music streams in.)

                                                                                                            AMAZIN' ASIAN


                                                                                                            SONG OF AFRICA


                                                                                                            ARABIAN NIGHTS


                                                                                                            LATIN EXPERIENCE


                                                                                                            1. Music is a must when I'm in the kitchen. When I'm cooking for the BF and myself, it's after a long day at work, and coming home with ingredients, plugging my iPod into the stereo, pouring a glass of wine and spending the evening making dinner is all part of how I relax.

                                                                                                              I listen to all sorts of stuff, so it varies.. lately it's been more upbeat downloads from my favourite music blog, missingtoof, but my iPod is full of everything from Prince, to Bob Dylan, to Rilo Kiley, to MIA, to The Cars, to Funkadelic...

                                                                                                              Oh and I just turned 27 yesterday!

                                                                                                              1. When I worked in a professional kitchen, there was always fighting over what music played. At home, on Saturday mornings it's Car Talk...and jazz after. On Sunday mornings it's NPR beginning with Will Short right on thru Prarie Home Companion. While listening to Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, I have snorted hot coffee thru my nose on more than one occassion. It's hard to drink hot coffee and laugh at the same time!

                                                                                                                I also enjoy Andrea Bocelli, Jewel (her first CD), and Janis Ian.....and Chopin.

                                                                                                                1. We always always have music on while we're cooking and eating. I'm not going to say my age but the next sentence will give it away -- we just listen to CDs in a 5-disc player.

                                                                                                                  However, my main chowish point here is that Big Night is one of our favourite movies and the Big Night soundtrack has become a tradition when we're away at the cottage. For years now, we've always played the soundtrack while prepping for dinner there.

                                                                                                                  1. I tend to be cooking on the weekend, and am an NPR talk type -- thank goodness my various stations oblige. Like Melly, I have snorted liquids through my nose listening to 'Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.' And I am now going to make you all very jealous.

                                                                                                                    I won Carl on my answering machine. Three out of three correct.

                                                                                                                    Bragging aside, I really like the talk stuff, as I am cooking for one on my own usually, and like the feel of intelligent interaction.

                                                                                                                    On Sunday, I often have the speakers in the kitchen hooked into the tv and listen to football. I run into the living room to catch the replays! Same for baseball (poor Chicago...).

                                                                                                                    When music, I often hook up the Sisters of Mercy -- it all depends on my mood. Other times why not some Duran Duran? REM? ABC? B52s? Serious classic funk compilations? Kick it Handel? Brandenberg Concertos? I like a mix, not food specific, just mood specific.

                                                                                                                    I have taken to dragging my laptop onto the counter and punching up YouTube videos of bands I just learned about. And old faves that don't even have proper videos, just the audio. I get to nuke what I hate in a nanosecond! And you have to admit that old Soul Train and American Bandstand and stuff from elsewhere videos are sweet. Also, you can tune into the webcasts of AfroPop and other great shows.

                                                                                                                    But my absolute classic Make Me Feel Fabulous songs?

                                                                                                                    Tom Lehrer!!! What's not to love about 'Poisoning pigeons in the park' and the refrain "Rickity tickity tin" when you're cooking?!

                                                                                                                    Oh yes as it was originally asked, female 46, based in Vermont & NYC.

                                                                                                                    1. I'm a musician, and I've taught cooking for many years... always to Joe Williams!

                                                                                                                      In my kitchen the music is 80 percent Jazz, but sometimes Stevie Wonder or other comparable R&B, and sometimes Classical.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                                                        I'm a drummer..what type of musician are you ChefJune?
                                                                                                                        I so want to move to Paris very soon and play in the jazz clubs..
                                                                                                                        I drummed to some John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Al Green last night.

                                                                                                                      2. I'm 40. Mostly I listen to Manu Chao or Mano Negra in the kitchen. Sometimes Michael Franti, Bob Marley, Fatboy Slim or Propellerheads. The bulk of what's on my ipod isn't really appropriate for my kids. NSFK. A lot of pottymouth.

                                                                                                                        1. I listen to pre-recorded shows from BBC 1Xtra- usually DJ B (R&B) and then DJ Edu (African hip-hop and R&B). It's at bbc.co.uk/1xtra and shows are archived for a week. For the OP- If you like K'naan you'll probably love DJ Edu's show.

                                                                                                                          1. I listen to BBC Radio Four - I'm particularly happy on a Sunday morning, when you get the Archers Omnibus, Desert Island Discs, Just A Minute and The Food Programme. Bliss!

                                                                                                                            1. I'm hanging onto to 38. I will listen to many types of music, and love catching up with music when cooking. Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, John Coltrane. Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. Jack Johnson, Killers, Cat Power, Ani Di franco. Billy Bragg, They might be Giants, Jazz Butcher, Robyn Hitchcock, Southern Culture on the Skids. Clash, The Cure, The Smiths, The Pixies, Velvet Underground, New Order/Joy Division. Salif Keita, Gypsy Kings, Bueno Vista Social Club. Stan Rogers, U2, The English Beat, Bad Manners. Bruce Springsteen, Jonathan Richman (I eat with gusto, damn you bet).

                                                                                                                              We have recently started a new playlist, "Music from when we were cool". Wow, that was a long time ago! It is a good list, but boy I feel a bit dated when we listen to this playlist. I feel almost as old as when I saw a teenager with a brand new English Beat t-shirt. There is no way he was even born when they broke up!! And my older version of the same t-shirt is also probably older than he is! (the one with the red/black/white cartoon of a ska chick...) Still, at least he is listening to good music.

                                                                                                                              1. After spending part of the thanksgiving long weekend scouring around the farmer's markets, and also an hour scouring the music store for my "to buy" list (can't get the new Stereo MC's or Reverend and the Makers here yet-import, and can't locate Nigel Kennedy's Polish Spirit either..can't wait to cook to that )....I am now ready for a week of cooking set to the tunes of some of my new finds.

                                                                                                                                For me, the music doesn't have to necessarily have to be linked to the cuisine, I'm just as passionate about music as I am about cooking, so anything that makes me feel that way, it's all good.

                                                                                                                                But this past weekend I finally picked up a copy of Buena Vista Social Club, and after a listen last evening, I can't wait to have it playing while I cook ANYTHING this evening. Admittedly, I happened upon this via the Damon Albarn association (via Ibrahim Ferrer on Latin Simone-Gorillaz), but Ry Cooder's association with it ups the coolness factor. Can't believe I didn't get this sooner. Love this kind of stuff.

                                                                                                                                If I may, i'm now the happy owner of MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, Vampire Weekend's S/T and the soundtrack to "How to Lose Friend's and Alienate People"....couple of great food scenes in that movie BTW....I for one wouldn't mind Simon Pegg cooking me a full English ;)

                                                                                                                                by the by, my farmer's market finds include a lot of beets, tiny turnips, celeriac, squash of all kinds and loads of apples. Haven't yet decided where to start !!

                                                                                                                                1. Another pandora fan here, what I'm listening to depends on weather, food, and season with one thing being constant. If I am making any of my mother's recipes I listen to her music and music that reminds me of her-motown...specifically Spinners, Stevie Wonder, Tops, Temps, etc. It's like being a kid and back at home again in Mom's kitchen!

                                                                                                                                  Winter brings Coltrane, earlier Miles, Dave Brubeck, etc
                                                                                                                                  Spring/Summer Bonobo, Erykah Badu, Dwele, Mark Farina, Grateful Dead and others
                                                                                                                                  I'll get the older Beastie Boys bug every now and again (Paul's Boutique, Check Your Head) no matter what the season!