There is not many things more satisfying than putting on a great CD (or hooking up the Ipod to the stereo) and conjuring up a great meal. Music can set the town for that meal, guiding the flavor intensity and choice of herbs or spices. A great song and intoxicating aromas can draw people to the kitchen. Many will offer assistance if the right combination of scents, wine and lyrical inspiration occur. I put on different music for different meals.
For all purpose culinary music I enjoy:
Ibrahim Ferrer "Buenos Hermanos" PJ Harvey "Stories from the City, Stories from The Sea" Rufus Wainwright "Poses" and "Want 1" Imperial Teen "On" Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" Radiohead "The Bends"
This is a small list in a sea of music that I love to play when preparing dinner. The music makes everything flow so beautifully. It puts me in a glowing mood. The produce looks fresher, the fish looks just killed, the meat looks more glorious. A perfect combination of all these components can make for an ethereal experience. A great bottle of red wine, such as Peregrine 2001 Central Otago Pinot Noir, always helps too.