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The Connection Between Food and Music

The Connection Between Food and Music

This morning, I read this article in Good Magazine about songs to listen to while cooking. It got me thinking about the connections between music and food. They both affect us on a visceral level, and they both go a long way in creating ambiance.

Food, of course, is essential to life. It nourishes us on both a physical and an emotional level. It is for that reason that many celebrations revolve around eating. It is why we enjoy going to restaurants with friends and preparing meals with loved ones.

I would argue that music has a similar effect. While we wouldn’t die without music, there is something about our makeup that responds to it in a raw and powerful way. Our brains are wired to enjoy it. Music taps into something primal and it feeds our souls.

It is no wonder, then, that music and food are often enjoyed together. At a party, the two essentials are good food and good music. The music played at a restaurant can dramatically impact the ambiance.

Music and food compliment one another so nicely because they both tap into something that is beyond – or comes before – conscious thought. When we eat or when we get swept up in our favorite songs, we experience it on a visceral level. Except for restaurant reviewers and music critics, most of us do not consciously dissect our reasons for enjoying a particular food or song. We just experience the enjoyment on a gut level. And after all, what is better than sharing a good meal and good music with a group of great friends?


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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5:29AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Food is to the tummy; music is to the soul

4:18AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


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3:42PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013


2:34AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

4:17PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Thank you :)

2:00AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting but I often have the news on while cooking or the Nature Radio station that plays relaxing music along with bird song and animal calls, thunderstorms, rain, lapping waves and all of this is delightful. Then, the loud bellows of "Her Grandness", the sixteen year old blind cat that owns me bellying up to the food dish and demanding a refill!

2:51AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

"The music played at a restaurant can dramatically impact the ambiance."
Apart from Fast Food outlets they don't play music at most restaurants we go to. It allows people to indulge in quiet conversation without the distraction of 'force-fed' background music.

2:04PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

I love to cook & jam out on my guitar. My family loves it too!
Nothing like a picnic or BBQ with some live music to enjoy.

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