For me, music for cooking means beats that get hot pads high-fiving and tunes that make the hips wiggle between stirring the risotto. Not every song needs to have a quick tempo, but if it's slower, it'd better have a lilt keep my chef's knife rhythmically slicing an onion, gently scrubbing potatoes, or at least have a food theme.
This was my list:
Rumba Como Quiera (Los Zafiros)
Ship Out On the Sea (The Be Good Tanyas)
Alpha Beta Gaga (Air)
Mi Swing Es Tropical (Nickodemus & Quantic featuring Tempo)
Aye Mama (Chief Osita Stephen Osadebe)
Cook of the House (Wings)
Aaj Mera Jee Kardaa (DJ BNX & Giraud Anthony - from Monsoon Wedding)
I Feel It All (Fiest)
Wadjo (Ex-Centric Sound System)
Cyrandeiro (Cyro Baptista)
Dawn of the Dead (Does It Offend You, Yeah?)
Lake Michigan (Rogue Wave)
Readers send in dozens, many of which I'd never heard of. Here's a sampling:Sister Kate Ooh La La Fish To Fry Victor Jara's Hands (Calexico) You Can Make It If You Try (Sly & The Family Stone) Kitchen by The Soft Pink Truth God Made Woman (The Burns Sisters) Landslide (Dixie Chicks) Landslide (Stevie Nicks) 100 years (Five For Fighting) Don't Stop Believin' (Journey) True (Spandau Ballet) Shine a Little Love (ELO)
More to come next week. In the meantime, send me your three favorite tunes for cooking.