“If music be the food of love, play on,” cries Duke Orsino in the opening lines of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We’ve run with this through our kitchen and found a different equation:
MUSIC + FOOD = LOVE
Cooking is such a fun activity and adding a soundtrack to it adds a personal touch to any dish. With our eyes focused on stirring, flipping, chopping, and pouring, music adds the pleasurable sense of sound to our medley of sight and smell. But you can’t cook to just any old music! Does one play Johnny Cash while cooking casserole? What about pierogi and Pink Floyd? We’ve come up with our 5 favorite songs to listen to in the kitchen. What are your favorite cooking jams?
5. “The Girl From Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto, and Stan Getz
Bossa Nova and cooking go so well together. This Brazilian fusion of jazz and samba lends itself so well to the aromas of a nighttime kitchen. The music is innately warm and calming with a driving beat to keep you focused on your food. You can’t help but glide across the kitchen while this song is playing!
4. “Rock Lobster” by the B-52’s
More cowbell for the whole family! “Rock Lobster” is such a fun song; full of jokes, made-up sea creatures, and a very prominent beat that’s perfect for chopping vegetables and fruit. This family friendly song is great when you have little helpers in the kitchen. Just remember that this song isn’t about a rock it’s about a ROCK LOBSTER!
3. “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra
Ol Blue Eyes makes any activity classier in a matter of moments. As soon as his rich voice floats out of the speakers, an aura of jocund grace begins to saturate the air. Sinatra’s music lends itself perfectly to fancier dishes or dishes with a bit of flair to them, especially if you’re about to host a dinner party. It’s hard not to swoon when this song comes on in the kitchen!
2. “Hey Ya” by Outkast
It’s hard to find a catchier song than “Hey Ya” when looking for cooking tunes. Andre 3000 warms up those stirring spoons and rhythmic saltshakers while keeping your chilled ingredients cooler than cool. Dare we say it ice cold? Pick up a whisk and press play because this song is boiling over with good vibrations!
1. “Man! I feel like a woman” by Shania Twain
Full of pep, spark, and pizazz, this song covers all of the bases for a great cooking jam. It’s like adding a secret ingredient to a recipe. Add a pinch of Shania to your macaroni and cheese for an extra kick. Even if you don’t feel like a woman, this song will make you feel like cooking!
No matter your taste in music, cooking with a melody is always a fun experience. So go ahead, grab some speakers, and pump up the jams with your favorite recipes!