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Music to Get You Cookin’
Night Out: Franz Ferdinand
STILL can’t tap into your inner chef? Start blaring Franz Ferdinand’s 2004 hit, ‘Take Me Out.’ Someone will get the message.
Soul Food: Ray Charles
For dessert? Serve a dish of Ray Charles’ ‘It Should’ve Been Me,’ in which he croons about chowing down on ice cream and cake. The legendary performer and father of soul will make any sugary dessert even sweeter.
Fruit Snack: The Beatles
Looking for a satisfying mid-day snack? Skip the chips and put down the candy bar. Borrow some inspiration from the The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and whip up a fruity snack that’s healthy and delicious!
Foodie Funk: G. Love and Special Sauce
A meal isn’t complete without a pinch of G. Love and a dash of Special Sauce. Make a plate of pure soul food with the G. Love and Special Sauce track ‘Hot Cookin.’ (And when you eat too much? Throw on ‘Fatman’ and park yourself on a comfy couch.)
Couples Cuisine: Frank Sinatra
Preparing a romantic meal? Frank Sinatra is the secret ingredient to any dish for two. Try Frank’s ‘My Kind of Girl’ (‘She looks like an angel looks, she cooks like an angel cooks…’) For dinner mood music? Sample some of Frank’s greatest hits, including ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ and ‘The Way You Look Tonight.’
Sunday Brunch: Jack Johnson
No Sunday morning soundtrack is complete without Jack Johnson’s 2005 hit, ‘Banana Pancakes.’ Make breakfast in bed for someone you love (but not before sneaking a few banana pancakes for yourself.)
Italian Night: Billy Joel
Craving Italian fare? Billy Joel’s classic ‘Scenes from an Italian Restaurant’ will put you in a pasta-and-wine frame of mind. Blast some Billy and your homemade pasta dish will taste like a five-star meal on the town.
Culinary Kick-Start: Rolling Stones
If you can’t seem to get inspired in the kitchen, give the Stones’ ‘Start Me Up’ a spin. You’ll be slicing and dicing in no time. And if you’re in the middle of a cooking crisis, the Stones’ ‘Cook Cook Blues’ will pull you through any culinary roadblock.
Party Fare: Jimmy Buffett
From jams like ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise,’ to ‘I Will Play for Gumbo,’ and of course, ‘I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever,’ Jimmy Buffett is the perfect artist to turn on when you’re prepping a delish party dish.
Fan Favorite: Jamie Oliver
The 2008 compilation of jams from Jamie, 'Jamie Oliver Songs,’ is a must-have for all true Oliver fans. From numbers like ‘Oliver’s Twist,’ to ‘Try Something New,’ this CD will put you in the mood to whip up some fast, healthy food – pronto.