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What music, if any, do you use as a backdrop for cooking? Do you play it loudly or softly? Or do you prefer cooking in silence or to the sounds of the house? I prefer old jazz, but unfortunately I live with a newshound, and so, either CNN or CSPAN accompanies my kitchen work a lot of the time. Growing up - every night as we sat down to eat, my father would say "let's have a little _____ music," as he reached for the knobs of the stereo always located in the dining room. The blank would be filled with whatever was on the menu...let's have a little soup music, let's have a little spaghetti music, let's have a little meatloaf music. I think in the same way about everything: let's have a little do the laundry music, let's have a little clean the bathroom music... let's have a little COOKING music...

Do you cook to music?

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    1. check out this thread:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/462848

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      1. re: janniecooks

        thanks jannie. i "searched" before I posted - but who knows what happened...

      2. I'll go for Baroque (ha ha ha, but I really mean it) or music to either side of that (i.e. earlier or later) whenever I'm doing anything that requires thought and organization, whether it's cooking or writing or cleaning up the kitchen; aside from the fact that I enjoy it, its mathematically logical structure gives me an armature to hang my thoughts on. Mrs. O, on the other hand, requires rock or pop or something similar (and a bit loud) when she's doing housework, and since I'd rather be in the kitchen than vacuuming or dusting I suck it up and keep my mouth shut. Couldn't she play it on her iPod, you ask? Oh, she does - and she sticks it into one of those twin-speaker doodads that fills the whole house with the B-52's or whoever...

        1. Well, there is an auditory dimension to stovetop cooking that I don't want masked by music. Just like certain smell announce a certain stage of cooking, so to with auditory stimuli.

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          1. re: Karl S

            karl - that's very interesting. it makes perfect sense.

          2. Punk rock, rock, or reggaeton. Something fast makes cooking more fun.

            1. My mom loved to have jazz on most of the time when she was home alone. I'm assuming that was for cooking too. But when she had to do some heavy duty cleaning she would bust out the marching bands. When I called her and heard that in the background I knew to make my call brief, as she was working hard. Later I read about someone whose mom favored scottish music for spring cleaning, and carried on the tradition. As for me, I prefer silence while I cook, partly so I can hear the music playing in my head. Hope that doesn't make me sound too crazy! :)

              1. Sometimes I put on a cd or tape for when I'm cooking.Usualy 60's,70's some
                80'srock,metal or blues.I noticed some replys in the linked thread about about
                matching the type of music to the type of cooking.I am currently cooking beans
                for refritos and cleaning pea beans for baked beans with Janis Joplin in the
                cd player.Next up John Lee Hooker.Is this appropriate or should there be
                something else like tuba music. ;)