Kitchen Jams: John Waite

One of my favorite bits of Well Fed 2 is the “moody cauliflower” playlist on page 30…


… because one of the things that makes cooking my favorite foods even better is singing really, really loudly while I chop and stir.

I am right now, this very minute, in the middle of a Weekly Cookup. My iTunes gave me these two John Waite songs, and I was belting them out with complete abandon. Then I hit repeat and listened to them again because John Waite sings like a fucking boss.

Now I’m sharing them with you. Because I love you. And you deserve something awesome.



In case you need to add these mp3s to your collection immediately: Everytime I Think Of You | Isn’t It Time

And if you’re a Babys/John Waite fan like I am, take a look at this extended version of The Midnight Special, packed with fun facts about John and his band.

OK. One more aside and then I have to go because I’m in danger of burning my steam-sauéed veggies: I saw John Waite play live on my birthday a few years ago, and it was fantastic. His voice is just the same – how does he manage to be rough and soft at the same time?! It was brilliant.

My nose tells me I have to stop typing and start stirring…


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  • Amelia says:

    I just got Well Fed 2! (Well Fed 1 was a life changer for me so I couldn’t wait for 2!!) Anyway, I made the West African Stew…amazing!!! Absolutely amazing how delicious it is! I can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow 🙂 thanks for sharing your brilliance.

  • Jess says:

    I wrote to you a week ago about my undelivered WF2. My faith is restored in the USPS, as my pre-order copy was only temporarily lost in the mail. It was eventually returned to Amazon, who credited my account! AND the loveliest postal worker ever called me yesterday to follow up. Sometimes the system just works. It’s amazing more stuff doesn’t get lost in the mail, considering how much we send and receive. And I’d bet those postal workers only hear about it when something goes wrong.

    Anyhow, I’m so glad I didn’t dally and just ordered myself a new copy of WF2. Elvis Burgers were fun, for sure, but made Deconstructed Gyro with sauce last night. YUM!!! Talk about amazing taste for such minimal effort. Perfect meal for a cold, dark wintery day when you have other things to do around the house then spending hours in the kitchen.

    • Mel says:

      HOORAY! I’m glad that all worked out somewhat smoothly. and YAY for Elvis Burgers and Deconstructed Gyro Worth the wait, I hope 🙂

  • Joyful Susan says:

    Love The Baby’s. And my husband plays Every Time I Think of You on the piano for me.

  • Lisa s. says:

    Thanks for sharing the blast from the past. Always nice to be reminded of great songs, memories that go along with them, and the artists that shared their talent with us. Rock / Cook on!

  • Melissa Leech says:

    I just discovered your website even though I’ve had the Whole 30 e-book since summer. If we met I’m sure we would be fast friends, love EVERY song you listed, seriously good taste.. Lol! Thanks for sharing and simplifying eat well!

    • Mel says:

      Glad you found me here online! Thanks for saying hi.

      I’m not sure if I have “good” taste in music, but I really like what I like 🙂

  • Marisol says:

    I just received well fed 2 and am super excited to start cooking foods I never thought I would be able to put together. I am not a cook but your recipes are easy to follow.

    I am looking to make your ketchup recipe but not sure about the figs, should I use fresh or dried figs? How were you able to blend them so well?

  • Mel says:

    Everything you need to know is in the recipe! The ingredients list calls for dried figs, and in the first step, you puree them in a blender or food processor. That makes them very smooth. Good luck!