Sunday 20 August 2017

Sophie Dahl's five best songs to cook to

Former model turned writer and cookery show presenter Sophie Dahl suggests her five favourite cooking songs.

1) I WANT A LITTLE SUGAR IN MY BOWL

Nina Simone

I wanted this song to be the theme tune for my cooking show but the BBC wouldn't let me have it. Probably best not anyway - I'm sure critics like Jan Moir would have used it as yet another example of my appalling wanton ways, like taking meringues out of an expensive oven that I didn't own.



2) COME TOGETHER

Ike and Tina Turner version

It's not hugely known, this version, but it should be. I heard it years ago at a house party in New York on a scratchy record player. A great dancing song as well as a cooking one, it feels quite menacing. Tina can belt it like no one else.



3) MY GIRLS

Animal Collective

Joyful in the extreme. It makes me think of the little family my husband and I have created, and how lucky we are to have it. It reminds me of road trips and endless skies.



4) TRAMP

Otis Redding

I listen to Tramp if I have a LOT of cooking to do. Its exuberance will get you through even the most mundane tasks, like endless onion peeling and chopping. Otis is always a tonic though really, isn't he?



5) JUST A FRIEND

Biz Markie

I'm a massive hip hop fan, and the sleepy, wry humour of this song really does it for me. The lyrics are hysterical. I lived in New York as a teenager and so much of my musical leanings are shaped by that early-Nineties hip hop. I never really grew out of it.







- The Marvellous Mrs Beeton, with Sophie Dahl begins tonight, 29 September on BBC Two at 8.00pm

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