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Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos’ Favorite Cooking Music

We are living in the era of playlists, which makes me feel a bit old. I left my turntables and vinyl behind, when I moved to Los Angeles to chase Debi, but I shipped all of my CDs.

For many years Debi and I had one of the most-wonderful music libraries I have ever seen in my life: Her passion for old jazz, American classics and early hip-hop married well with my collection of Brazilian and Cuban albums. In our first house together, we had an entire library that showcased our music collection, and we lived the joy of popping a CD into the system until the very last breath of that music medium.

Three main events forever changed the way we enjoy music in our house: the very first iPod, parenthood and ultimately moving from Los Angeles to Brooklyn. As of now our very precious music collection is in storage, 12 boxes filled to the top, taped and padded with care; they will survive, we hope, until the day they can move back in with us.

For the moment, however, I still carry each single album on a few iPods and computers around my house. And it does not matter what’s going on at any given moment, there is almost always music playing in most of our rooms. Some soft bossa nova or jazz from the ’20s plays in the bedroom whenwe wake up in the morning; more upbeat rhythms play in our kitchen for the purpose of either entertaining or chopping at a decent speed.

Giulia is right now blasting her device to its speaker limits while practicing “New York, New York” for her end-of-the-year school performance.

Evelina has locked herself in her room, she is 12 going 20, and she is singing it all while strumming on her ukulele.

In the kitchen, unless we decide to play something “special” or fitting for that given moment, the local jazz radio station is basically always on.

Not having CDs around makes me feel a bit old, but being able to have all of my music available at all times is a powerful sensation. Hopefully one day we will be able to finally fix our farm in Italy. It will be my honor to finally bring our music collection back to life — and on some solid and well-crafted wood shelves. And again, as I used to enjoy so very much, I will listen to a record at the time, I will sit back and read through liner notes of its jacket, and maybe I’ll learn a few songs by heart again.

Our family shares and iPod in the kitchen, and these are our top 10 most-played albums!

The Black Keys — El Camino
Caetano Veloso — A Bossa de Caetano
Charlie Byrd — Blues Sonata
Depeche Mode — The Singles
Django Reinhardt — The Quintessence
Jorge Ben — Samba Esquema Novo
Nicola Conte — Bossa per Due
Aldo Romano — Non Dimenticar
Steven Bernstein — Diaspora Soul
Stephen Marley — Mind Control


Comments (22)

  1. Autumnjoy75 posted 07/04/2014

    Cool…. Hey, 'Debi Deb' :-), give Gabriele a break, we all know what "render" mean. Honestly, I cannot think of another word he could have used. Love your recipes!!!

  2. Alexandra posted 07/04/2014

    Debi and Gabby whoops Gabriele you guys remind me of us. We do the same thing. My husband is from Ukraine, I'm Ukrainian too but was born in the U.S. I met him in Ukraine on vacation when visiting my family back in 1995.
    We cook a lot…scratch cookers and my husband is good with the meat and fire. He's really good with lardo we call it salo in Ukrainian. I correct him in English and he corrects me in Ukrainian.
    What can I say but I have to laugh when I hear it because we do the same thing. I LOVE your show. And the recipes are fabulous. I made your hazelnut ice cream last night for the 4th of July. Yummy.
    C'est la vie,

  3. Julianne posted 07/08/2014

    My husband, son and brother are so happy I have been watching your show. I have made many recipes. They especially loved the bracciole and hazelnut cake. My brother even ran out and got me your cookbook. We are on our second batch of lemonchello. Thanks for the great recipes. I really enjoy the show!

  4. Denise Bond posted 07/28/2014

    A friend bought me your new cookbook a few weeks ago for my birthday. Made the Lasagne Bolognese for a dinner party. The ABSOLUTE best. Great, easy to follow cookbook. Looking forward to making many more recipes.

  5. Patty posted 11/07/2014

    Love you two, and how you compliment each other is amazing! Flying to Rome Monday and will be looking into some great olive oils and wines to bring back. Chow!

  6. alison_oh posted 11/10/2014

    Just want to say how much I love all your Extra Virgin shows and the dynamic between you two, and with your friends and family. Very special and 'real'. Keep on! One of the fresher TV cooking shows because of your 'reality' and passion. Talk about Mars and Venus! You two have an energy that is heady and hungry. And your love of your kids just adds honey. Great programs; great recipes. Thanks! and thanks again!

  7. Kathy k posted 02/05/2015

    Love, Love, Love watching you guys! You are an awesome couple and great parents and cooks! Keep it up!!

  8. Nancy & Andrew D. posted 02/05/2015

    My husband and I LOVE your show! Thank you for the delicious foods you make. Your children are beautiful also..

  9. l.j posted 02/08/2015

    Love your shows and recipes..I just have to say I couldn't help but notice after watching the episode on the neighborhood gift that Gabriel had a choke chain on your dog as he was strolling through the neighborhood…those collars are so inhuman I would say to anyone wear one first and have someone pull on it every time you do something they don't like.were it for half hour then make that decision to put it on your animal…please just think about all seem so much better than that.

  10. ljoel posted 02/08/2015

    Love your shows.I couldn't help but notice when I was watching your. Neighborhood gift episode that when Gabriel was strolling in the neighborhood that he had a choke collar on his is so inhuman to subject any animal to that treatment.I would ask anyone to wear one for a half hour or so and have someone else pull on it every time you do something they don't like..get a feel for what your animal feels,and has no voice to say anything about it.just saying..I really think you all are so much better than that…think about it..l

  11. Kathy posted 02/17/2015

    A day without Debra and Gabriele is a day without sunshine, how I love your passion for everything, especially the family. Blessings to you!

  12. Cecelia posted 02/19/2015

    Please tell us where the knife maker is located. I'll be spending several weeks in Florence this fall and would love to own one of those knives. I believe you were shopping for a birthday gift and chose a hand made knife.

  13. Rosse Cruz posted 02/19/2015

    I like all your shows. So colorful and interesting. The love for food and family is perpetuated through out the show. Kudos to you all!

    I would love to know the name of the Italian music, that was played for the new season promo.

    Thank you, Rosse Cruz

  14. Rosse Cruz posted 02/19/2015

    I like all your shows. So colorful and interesting. The love for food and family is perpetuated through out the show. Kudos to you all!

    I would like to know the name of the Italian song chosen to play for your new promos on TV.

    Thank you,

    Rosse Cruz

  15. PJospeh posted 03/02/2015

    I loved watching your dog help you carry groceries. What was the name of that episode? I want to show my husband. Thanks.

  16. Mary Beth Aman posted 03/04/2015

    I love everything about your show. You have a wonderful family. Keep up the great work.

  17. Nancy Taylor Leake posted 03/13/2015

    Hey Gabe and Deb. . I truly love your cooking.Wish I lived next door and you could feed me and my Hubby Ray. I love olive oil. I want to cook veggy lasagna but can't find recipe. Beautiful Family.

  18. Peggy posted 03/27/2015

    Can't begin to tell you how I love your show. Everything about you all is just great. The girls are so beautiful. And Robert is adorable and so down to earth. Being a native New Yorker I can relate to the foods there. I really miss all the great foods and look forward to visiting. Trying to find ingredients here is like Henry Hill's The Wiseguy Cookbook, searching for the things needed to cook with. I don't know what I would do without Italian food. I grew up in the Northern and South Bronx. Keep up the good work. You guys really make my day.

  19. linda posted 04/03/2015

    Love love love your show! Love the rapport between you two…..Deb says what's on her mind…..Gabrielle accepts it. I can see why you fell for him Debi….he's a rare specimen who possesses warmth and humility.
    Plus he's an AWESOME cook. I made pasta ala Norma yesterday and it was fantastic! So rustic and simple. I hope your show goes on forever, and I hope you move to Tuscany permanently!

  20. Barbara Earley posted 04/28/2015

    I grew up in the Bronx and lived in Manhattan right by the UN for many years. Now live in Albuquerque, NM – great weather but miss NYC so so much. Have worked in Milan, Italy and vacationed often down along Amalfi Coast and rented out on Capri. I love New Yorkers and Italians and Italian food. Also love to cook!! Your show is my very favorite – even when you're doing a recipe that I don't want to make (maybe just eat!) I enjoy listening to your chats with each other, the girls, Bob and your friends and families. It keeps reminding me why I am always delighted to cook up some Italian food and invite friends over for dinner, which I do often.

  21. Lisa H posted 07/27/2015

    Sept 28th begins my Italy adventure, a lifelong dream? One of my best buds, David and I will be in Florence starting Oct 1 for 3 nights. I know the highlight of my trip would be to meet you guys in Gabrielle's home city. Love everything about the show, including kids, Robert, chickens, Brooklyn and Florence. What a treat it would be to meet you in person and get the native scoop in Florence.

  22. zenarttherapy posted 10/10/2015

    I am obsessed with the amazing ricotta cheesecake that I saw you and Debi make on TV the other day. I think the sage that was steeped in the milk was just genius. I am a new fan of Extra Virgin and excited to try these amazing recipes. But my new discovery, thanks to your blog is bossa nova. I made a new station on Pandora and it's great! It takes me back to my childhood. I really, really love seeing your show and your family and your life in Brooklyn. Such an inspiration! Thanks

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