A Poet, 2 Musicians, and a Cook

Shakespeare once said:

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

Well, I can certainly share Billy’s passion for music and it may, indeed, be the food of love.  But when it comes to real, tangible food, music also plays a big part—for me, anyway.

I LOVE LOVE to cook in a dim kitchen, by myself, with music blasting at a very mellow level.  No pop, no rap, no rock.  I have two distinct choices when it comes to my cooking music——Norah Jones or Jamie Cullum.  They’re jazzy, both of their voices are soothing and sexy, and there’s just something classy about them both.  I think my food might taste better because I cook listening to their masterpieces of music.

There is something special about my experience with music AND food combined.  They’re classics–peanut butter and jelly, if you will.  If you are unfortunate and do not own music from either Norah or Jamie, I advise you go out and invest (Jamie’s “Twentysomething” is sensational.)  I could listen to it everyday and never get tired to it!) in their hard work.  You won’t regret it, and neither will your cooking experience!

Anyone else like to “jazz” it up in the kitchen??  What do you all listen to, if anything, while you cook?

“If music AND food be love, play on!”

(By the way, before you go googling that  Shakespeare quote, I will tell you it’s from “Twelfth Night”, a GREAT, but underrated play.  There’s cross-dressing involved!  Give it a read.  And then after, read “Measure for Measure”.)


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