What Songs Do You Rely On While Cooking?

I need your help!

I’m creating a private playlist for The Mae House guests for them to listen to while in the kitchen (one of my favorite rooms). I love making playlists for all of you, and figured it would be an amazing addition for guests when they visit! There’s a Google Nest in the downstairs living room, and a vintage radio upstairs (I’ll print out a list of favorite stations for guests), so there’s no shortage of ways one can listen to music while enjoying the house. But I feel like I’m only considering what I like and want to cover all kinds of people and feelings while cooking.

So, any song(s) you rely on while cooking?

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18 thoughts on “What Songs Do You Rely On While Cooking?

  • Reply Rachel January 20, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    I love to cook to some classic rock, Thelonius Monk or Cuban music

    • Reply latonya January 25, 2022 at 10:49 pm

      Love this, Rachel. Thank you

  • Reply Laurie January 20, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    I have been waiting my whole life to be asked this question. If I’m not dancing and singing when I’m cooking then I’m not cooking.
    Cabaret – Alice Smith
    Better Be Good to Me – Tina
    Hold out your hand – Brandi Carlile
    Love looks better on you – Alicia keys
    Ports of Europe – Benjamin Clementine
    Get Me Bodied – Beyoncé (homecoming version)
    Sinnerman – Nina
    The impossible dream – Brian stokes Mitchell
    On and off – Maggie Rogers
    Walk me home – pink
    Alright – Kendrick Lamar

    • Reply latonya January 25, 2022 at 10:49 pm

      Hahah! Appreciate the WONDERFUL LIST, Laurie!

  • Reply Joy W January 20, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    I would vote to include Saint Motel’s “A Good Song Never Dies” and “Honeybee” by the Head and the Heart. Both have such nice energy.

    Q– were you possibly at Chef Katsu in Brooklyn last night? I thought I saw you and your kiddos : )

    • Reply latonya January 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      ha, yes! we got their fries and hot lemonade to go (highly recommend).


    • Reply Ceridwen January 25, 2022 at 8:44 pm

      I’ve been loving your summer playlist on Spotify. It’s summer where I live and we have been spending a lot of time at home so this playlist has given much joy and good cooking feels. Thank you!

  • Reply Shante' Fagans January 20, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Makes the soup taste so much better while listening to:
    •I’ll Call You Back by Erykah Badu
    •Daylight and Darkness by Smoky Robinson
    •Change The World by Eric Clapton
    •Mind Blowing Decisions by Heatwave
    •Playing Your Game, Baby by Barry White
    •Ketch a Vibe by Julie Dexter

    • Reply latonya January 25, 2022 at 10:49 pm

      Shanté anything you say is pure gold to me. Thank you!

  • Reply Katie January 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    I love the Chef soundtrack when I’m cooking!

    • Reply latonya January 25, 2022 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you, Katie!

  • Reply Ashley January 21, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Here are a few from my weekend cleaning playlist (happy songs to make cleaning a little more fun)

    Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
    Mambo Italiano – Dean Martin
    Got to Give It Up (Pt. 1) – Marvin Gaye
    This Must Be the Place – Talking Heads
    The Calloway Boogie – Cab Calloway
    Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte
    Snail – Benee

    • Reply latonya January 25, 2022 at 10:50 pm

      ohhhhh Marvin Gaye! Yesss

  • Reply Taylor January 24, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    I love Robert Randolph and the Family Band while cooking

    • Reply latonya January 25, 2022 at 10:50 pm

      Hi, Taylor, such a good addition. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Jenny Changala January 28, 2022 at 4:19 am

    I constantly change what I listen to when cooking but recently it has been Adeles new album or The Spotify radio from Peru by Fireboy and Ed Sheeran. I find it cooking a good time to chose the radio option since I then get to discover some new music too.

  • Reply steph February 10, 2022 at 12:50 am

    talking heads anytime! i’ve been loving upbeat or singable:
    outkast (hey ya, valentines day)
    future islands + hot chip – too many to name

    latonya, i’ve loved following your homeownership journey! living the bipoc dream while building a community safe space for creativity. truly inspiring! <3

    • Reply latonya February 11, 2022 at 9:47 am

      Thank you so much, Steph!

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