Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Little Kitchen Music

How dreamy is this kitchen? I love the idea of having a record player in the kitchen and taking turns choosing albums to play while we cook together. I love the mood this design creates for the kitchen.

Do you listen to music while you cook? When we do, it's from iTunes, and we constantly have to move the computer as it gets in the way of prepping or to prevent it from being covered in flour. If it were built-in like this, I bet we would enjoy it much more often.

Do you own a record player? We don't (yet). It seems like the sort of thing Greg would really enjoy, since he really likes to spend time in music stores looking for used CDs, and would surely enjoy searching through old records.

I don't know that I'd want to buy the latest Mumford&Sons on vinyl, like most people I know who prefer records over iTunes, but I do think I'd like having stacks of classical and jazz records tucked in the kitchen cabinet as pictured above. My most vivid memories of record players are from ballet classes when I was a kid. For nine years, I heard the same few records played over and over while we practiced at the barre. I can still hear the piano-only version of "Penny Lane" as clear as day. I remember being fond of the crackle and pop of the well-worn vinyl.

If we were to get a turntable for our kitchen, what should we look for? Should we look for something lovely and vintage like this or something like this with USB  for converting records to mp3 format?

One of the exciting things about having a record player in the kitchen would be that we could try Turntable Kitchen. Owned by a couple who are passionate about both music and food, Turntable Kitchen aims to pair their music reviews and recipes into holistic experiences. A pairings box (pictured above) includes a limited edition vinyl record, a digital mixtape, 3 seasonal recipes, and 1-2 premium ingredients needed to make a dish or drink (depending on the month's theme). Tasting notes are included so that you can prepare a meal+music experience for 2 to 4 people. For $25, it's a great idea for a monthly date night. And with subscriptions available for 1 or 3 months, it also makes a great gift idea for someone who loves music and food!

Top photo courtesy of Brian W Ferry


  1. HAVE to have music in the kitchen! We usually keep an ipad on the counter, but it doesn't look nearly as cool as that pic! Great blog, btw!

    1. Thanks! Yes, I have seen iPad holders designed for the kitchen, which would be a good alternative. I just think a record player would be fun!

  2. I LOVE listening to music while a cook! That and a glass of wine makes it perfect. I just blogged about Mumford and Sons today actually.. love their new album! Hope you have a good weekend :)