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Jun 23, 2008 10:15 AM

Music & Food - Cooking music? Songs about food?

For me, the holy trinity is cooking, a glass of wine & some good music. I typically listen to blues/rock when cooking. Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene, Springsteen, Coltrane, Robert Cray Band. Sometimes some Aretha Franklin, Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire, etc. And occasionally some old school rap like Eric B & Rakim, Dr. Dre & Snoop, Sugarhill Gang, etc.

What music inspires you in the kitchen?

Also, know any songs about food? Here's a link to a wacky list of 500 food songs. Interesting how many are by Jimmy Buffett (margaritaville, cheeseburger in paradise, I Wil Play For Gumbo, I Wish Lunch Would Last Forever, etc. - ugh) & funny enough Adam Sandler (The Thanksgiving Song, Lunch Lady Land & Food Innuendo Guy).

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  1. i generally listen to something i can sing along to, so usually billy joel, bob seger, the muppet movie soundtrack, etc.

    i received billy bragg's new one, mr love & justice, for my b-day, and it's been in heavy rotation (both the full band & solo versions) for the past month.

      1. re: Lucia

        Your 2nd & 3rd link appear to be the same.

      2. I like to put on the "Big Night" soundtrack when cooking Italian - a lil Louis Prima makes the gravy taste better! Jack Johnson (food song - Banana Pancakes) is my go to multi-purpose & grilling music. I do like to sing along when I'm cooking, so I'll admit to putting cheezy sing-a-longs, Motown & 80s music on when I cook, too.

        My favorite music & cooking memory is singing Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" with my nephews while making cookies. Taught them to dance around the island, pump their fists and shout "ba, ba, ba" after the chorus & " so good, so good" when the cookies come out of the oven. Now, they want to sing/dance/cook with me everytime they see me, soon they'll be too old & cool for such things! Cheers!

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        1. re: oldbaycupcake

          Ha! You totally painted a pic of for me of the Neil Diamond/cookie baking extravaganza - ha! I try and wind my kids up like that in the kitchen too. Half the time they give me "the look" the other half they join in. ;-)

        2. Being a drummer and having my set in my great room that flows into my gourmet kitchen, I cook and drum with the stereo surround sound cranked with songs from Al Green, John Legend, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder..and of course some Nirvana thrown in for good measure.
          Always have a glass or two of wine while I'm doing it and nothing burned so far but close..
          This is how I cook everyday and this is what inspires me in the kitchen and in my life.

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Made a chicken picatta with rice and salad and while it was cooking in the one pan skillet...the song list tonight was Train, Drops over Jupiter (so overplayed for years that I refused to play it until recently)..
            Coldplay..Viva la Vida and The New Radicals..You only get what you give (my fav)..and Death Cab for Cutie..I will possess your heart.

            1. re: Beach Chick

              I cook the same way and love that it inspires you in the kitchen and in life too.
              I have a huge gourmet kitchen as well that spills into the great room and I had to sound proof the maids quarters because she was tired of hearing my music so loud.

              1. re: PrestonRSF

                Wow Preston..thank you!
                Love the way you roll.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  You are quite welcome Beach Chick!
                  Love your humor and your take on life.
                  Your posts are extremely comical and I enjoy them immensely.

                  1. re: PrestonRSF

                    That is so sweet Preston..
                    Love cooking with music..I usually drum while I am preparing dinner..running in between sets to check on things..before they burn or on the brink.
                    I'm glad you 'get' me!

            2. I listen to all types of music. But strangely enough, when I cook, I like to blast rap or dance music. It gets me motivated. The slow soft music does nothing for me.