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Musical Pairings: Cat Power – The Greatest (paired with lemon-rosemary focaccia)

The lemon-rosemary focaccia featured on eating/sf today made me the envy of my office when I used it as the bread for my lunch sandwiches.  It is just visually beautiful and appealing, and several co-workers commented on how fantastic and gourmet it looked.  But despite how good it looks, it tastes even better.  It is tartly citric, but also salty and flavorful.  It is rustic, but also urban and modern.  This is a focaccia you’d find at a hip shop in NYC that was inspired by a small artisan bakery in Memphis.  In these ways, it pairs perfectly with Cat Power‘s The Greatest.

Released in 2006, The Greatest is the sixth and latest full length of original material released by Cat Power (the moniker adopted by singer/songwriter Chan Marshall), and represents her most accessible and mature work as a songwriter to date.  Marshall traveled to Memphis to record The Greatest and employed an extremely talented supporting band featuring a roster chock full of legendary soul musicians including Mabon “Teenie” Hodges on guitar, Leroy “Flick” Hodges on bass and Steve Potts on drums — artists that have previously supported the likes of Al Green, Aretha Franklin and others.  The result is a smooth, swaying album featuring bluesy piano ballads, folksy alt-country cuts, and lovely, soulful melodies that are feminine, sexy and complex.  Buy it at Insound.

Cat Power – The Greatest

Cat Power – I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction) (Rolling Stones Cover)

Head back to eating/sf to read the recipe for Kasey’s lemon-rosemary focaccia, and become the envy of your office.

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

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