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Pairing Food with Music

CindyJ | Jan 13, 200801:11 PM

From the minute I begin prepping for dinner, throughout the cooking, dining and meal clean-up, if it's Italian I'm cooking I've got Italian music playing in the background. Andrea Bocelli works well for me, and so does (some) Pavarotti, but I also enjoy "Dean Martin Sings Italian Favorites" as well as a couple of "generic" Italian CDs that have all those old songs everyone recognizes (Santa Lucia, Funiculi, Funicula, etc.) Hokey, sure, but for me, it's all part of the joy of cooking and eating Italian.

But I'm without a musical repertoire for other ethnic cuisines. What music should I be listening to when the menu is Mexican? ...or Asian? ...or Greek? ...or French? And, in addition to the music, are there other things you do to add "ethnic ambiance" to your at-home dining experiences?

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