Written by adam on Dec 4, 2006
Music to Cook By
Filed Under: Editorial
If we went by what plays over the cooking shows on the Food Network, most of us would probably be listening to non-descript jazzy funky techno-pop. In the case of Everday Italian or Nigella Feasts, you might be listening to pseudo porn background music. Can you even think of a cooking show that plays any kind of music worth listening to?
When I'm cooking, music often plays an integral part of the experience. Most of the time, I just dock my iPod at the stereo and set it to shuffle the rock songs. Other times, one of my favorite things to play is a DVD of Joe Satriani Live in San Francisco. Great stuff to chop onions by.
You could probably guess by now that my preferred music is rock. I'll listen to pretty much anything while cooking, though. Right now, Christmas music is especially appealing.
So what do you like to play while cooking? Chime in the comments to post your favorite cooking music.
Responses to "Music to Cook By" ...
Hey Adam and Fellow MIAs. When I cook I like to play my podcasts, James McMurtry, or a movie on the tv to listen to...
And what if I do listen to pseudo porn background music?
OK, in my haste, I failed to account for the folks that actually like to cook by pseudo-porn background music. In these cases, you must be in hog heaven. Just turn on an episode of Everyday Italian, Nigella Feasts, or Barefoot Contessa, and you're set.
Really, whatever floats your boat when you cook. However, you might want to think twice if your porny background music includes heavy breathing and other vocalization.
I prefer Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana", a raw piece that accentuates the carnal, visceral aspects of cooking--chopping, slicing, dicing, etc. Pretty sure Scott Taylor would agree. 'Course, if that's not available, then any Lynrd Skynrd will do.
Big band, swing, jazz, blues. Pete Fountain, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Morphine, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton (blues, not that Cream garbage), Cinematic Orchestra. NPR is great for weekend morning prep sessions.
I guess it depends on my mood and what I'm cooking but a good stand-by is some jazz - love Diana Krall.
It's gotta be some real funky blues to dance around the kitchen to...also marinating the cook all important for inspiration (...shake yer ass, stir the sauce, grate the ginger...)!
I like to dance and cook, too. However, you must be careful when dancing with the chef's knife in your hands. I cut my pinky toe once.