Now cooking at home I tend to vary the type of music to what I am making, the pace I am doing it at and who the guests are going to be that evening. Over the course of this blogs life I plan to submit some of my favorite music along with the type of food that it goes well with.
The music is a wonderful fusion of jazz, Spanish guitar, dance music of the 40s and 50s, and folk echo the swank nightclub life. It creates images of men in white dinner jackets with red gardenias in their lapels, pomade in their hair and pencil thin mustaches. A more elegant time. It creates at once a calm and lively mood to create food too. When you're not in "in the weeds". It can move seamlessly from kitchen creation music to the perfect dining music.
I love Cuban food and normally use this soundtrack when I am making Ropas Viejas (dirty laundry) and a citrus risotto(recipe and images to come in later blog posts). However, The Buena Vista Social Club has become more than a soundtrack for Caribbean, Spanish, Latin or soul food. It is my go-to album. It fills the air with creativity and a sense of adventure that all chefs seek. It can be both omnipresent and perfect back ground music.