“A blast of some good tunes, a nice bit of tukka and some good company is, without sounding like a cheesy git, the recipe for a nice time.” Jamie Oliver

Whistle While You Work

‘Undeterred by the fact that such listening choices are inherently personal, a new compilation album is having a stab at choosing a soundtrack for us. Cooking Songs, out later this month, features an eclectic selection of musicians’

Track Listings

Disc: 1
1. Troublemaker – Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida
2. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
3. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
4. Hall of Fame – The Script
5. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
6. Poker Face – Lady Gaga
7. Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
8. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
9. Beat Again – JLS
10. Toxic – Avant, Britney Spears, Bloodshy
11. Hips Don’t Lie (featuring Wyclef Jean) – Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
12. Faith – George Michael
13. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
14. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
15. Nothing’s Real But Love – Rebecca Ferguson
16. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
17. Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
18. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Disc: 2
1. Dancing Queen – ABBA
2. The Promise – Girls Aloud
3. Black Heart – StooShe
4. Life Is A Rollercoaster – Ronan Keating
5. Drive By – Train
6. You Bring Me Joy – Amelia Lily
7. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
8. These Words – Natasha Bedingfield
9. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
10. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
11. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
12. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
13. Manic Monday – The Bangles
14. I’m In The Mood For Dancing – The Nolans
15. Ain’t Got No – I Got Life – Nina Simone v Groovefinder
16. Never Tear Us Apart – Paloma Faith
17. Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
18. Because You Loved Me (Theme from “Up Close and Personal”) – Céline Dion
Disc: 3
1. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
2. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) – P!nk
3. Price Tag – Jessie J
4. DNA – Little Mix
5. How We Do (Party) – RITA ORA
6. TiK ToK – Ke$ha
7. Smile – Lily Allen
8. Hey Ya! – OutKast
9. Spotlight – Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Jennifer Hudson
10. Living In America – James Brown
11. A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
12. Here Come The Girls – Ernie K Doe
13. Music To Watch Girls By – Andy Williams
14. Walking On Broken Glass – Annie Lennox
15. Leave Right Now – Will Young
16. You Raise Me Up – Westlife
17. Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia
18. White Flag – Dido


Turntable Kitchen is a site connecting food and music, born in a foggy Inner Sunset, San Francisco apartment and run by an inspired couple: Kasey (also known as Ksenya) and Matthew. ‘We feature recipes with a focus on local, fresh ingredients, hand-selected ‘Musical Pairings,’ album reviews and musings on our city livin’ and country hoppin’ adventures. Most importantly, we aim to introduce food lovers to music and vice versa. In addition to our online features, we offer a popular subscription service, the Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box, a food and music experience delivered to your mailbox on a monthly basis. We also recently opened an online marketplace for food and music lovers called the TK Market.’

Existing musical cooking

‘For those who think cooking is one of the most boring tasks in the world, here is the ultimate cooking station that will lure you into turning a chef, right away!Taste DJ from designer Fei Zhu strikes the common ‘creativity’ chord among the DJ and Chef’s profession and provides functions that will enable you to take care of your cooking and churning out grinds, simultaneously! The main control desk is equipped with Backward key, push buttons and knobs, by which cooking mode, firepower, micro oven, water, and volume of stereo are controlled. The station also features a powerful multimedia computer system with touch screen panel, so that you can remain connected to the net, do some mixing, look for recipes or check your emails or simply browse the net. And, last and the most important, the station also has a seasoning adding system like DJ DISC Rotating, that will automatically add all the spices just in right amount to perfect your culinary skills. All you need to do is to choose and rotate the seasoning ring, clockwise, the right seasoning would be sprayed into pan from the nozzle. Besides, the luxurious looks are worth lusting for!!’


This is a little extreme and I can’t see many people actually bothering to use this, however there are elements that could be incorporated into a much simpler approach.

Some utensil inspiration…


‘Boil Buoy’ gives a little whistle when the water is boiling. A repurposed use of the old kettle whistle.


These little wooden characters prop open the lid of a pan to stop it from over boiling.


This clever little device separates the egg yolk from the white with no mess.


This grater is very space efficient as it is flat when not in use. The user simply needs to bend it to shape and hold in place to use it.


Convenient space saving ice tray is easy to use and can fit into any nook in the freezer.


Another space saving utensil that is usually awkward to store. This flat pack whisk also makes cleaning a lot easier.