Whoa, this is interesting. If I'm cooking Indian, I'm playing The Family Three (tablas), ragas or Ravi Shankar. When my guests arrive, the air is scented like a home in Mumbai, and the music puts you right there.
Mexican? It's Sin Bandera, Jose Luis Perales, Enrique Iglesias, Juanes or Mana.
French? Charles Aznavour, Natasha St. Pier or Thomas Fersen; maybe even some Piaff, and I might add Natasha Atlas and Amina. If it's a Classical French cuisine night, definitely classical music - from Albinoni to Vivaldi.
Russian or Ukrainian, with a Ukrainian friend in the kitchen with me, we are likely to play Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite or gypsy or cossack music.
Middle Eastern cooking brings out Hayedey, plus Amina and Natasha Atlas. I used to have more Middle Eastern music, but can't find it since I moved. The Best of Greece favors Moussaka, dolmathes (dolmeh), or Stefado.
St. Patrick's Day finds chez moi roaring with The Clanad, The Chieftans and The Star Spangled Molly.
I find most American food monotonous, and I don't have any special music. I tend to play what my guests might like to hear during a barbecue or whatever.
Okay, guys, now you've brought up Guerlain. Have they stopped making my favorite soap, Fleurs des Alps??? I have one bar left from a box that I bought at Harrod's in 1985. Couldn't find it in Paris two years ago. Maybe I wasn't in the right stores.