A cookbook inspired by the food of Ziggy's upbringing in the household of Bob and Rita Marley.
“[Ziggy’s] first collection of recipes pays homage to the flavors of his youth and the food he loves to cook for his wife and five children.” —People
“The easy directions will have you heading to the kitchen to try these recipes yourself.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Eight-time Grammy winner, author, philanthropist, and reggae icon Ziggy Marley’s first cookbook, Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made with Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen, is inspired by the Jamaican meals Ziggy enjoyed while growing up—with an updated healthy spin. Ziggy was raised with both traditional Jamaican food and the more natural “ital” food of his family’s Rastafari culture. The cookbook, including fifty-four recipes, features contributions from family members including Ziggy’s wife Orly, sister Karen, and daughter Judah, as well as several renowned chefs.
Many of the recipes are vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free, from delicious and savory egg dishes, to healthy, nourishing juices, soups, and salads, to classic Jerk Chicken and fish recipes. The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook brings new organic and nutritious recipes to kitchens around the world, intended to promote healthy living with a touch of culture, comfort, and love.
ZIGGY MARLEY is an eight-time GRAMMY Award winner, Emmy Award winner, author, philanthropist, and reggae icon. He has released thirteen albums to much critical acclaim, and is the author of the children’s books I Love You Too, My Dog Romeo, Music Is in Everything, and Little John Crow (with his wife, Orly Marley); as well as the Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers released eight best-selling albums that garnered three GRAMMYs. Ziggy’s second solo release, Love Is My Religion, won a GRAMMY in 2006 for Best Reggae Album. His third solo studio album, Family Time, scored a fifth GRAMMY award for Best Children’s Album. 2016 marked the release of Marley’s self-titled album, which earned his eighth GRAMMY. Marley’s new children’s album, More Family Time, was released in September 2020 via Tuff Gong Worldwide.
The musician, his family, and a few well-known chefs all contributed recipes, which are vibrant with fresh vegetables, herbs, and signature Jamaican ingredients like allspice berries and Scotch bonnet peppers . . . Readers will enjoy the vivid, colorful photos of the food and Marley’s family.
With a health-focused approach, Ziggy Marley reveals memories and food traditions in his new family cookbook.
For Marley, it is more than a cookbook, more than just recipes and food, but an insight into the importance of eating healthy. In addition to Jamaican classics like jerk chicken and escoveitched fish, there are healthy options like a quinoa salad and dishes using grains which reflect his wife’s Jewish heritage.
— Jamaica Observer
Featuring thoroughly ‘kitchen cook friendly’ step-by-step recipes, the dishes range from Breakfast Hash with Asparagus Sauce; Coconut Curry Squash Soup; Jamaican Rice and Peas; and Roasted Cauliflower; to Roasted Yam Tart; Vegetarian Hash; Jamaican Dumplings; and Orange Almond Chocolate Truffles. Of special note is a fish dinner — Whole Roasted Branzino with Caramelized Okra and Preserved Lemons. Enhanced with the inclusion of a one page listing of Conversions, and a two page listing of Friends and Resources, Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook
will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, family, and community library cookbook collections.
— Midwest Book Review
The book features updated versions of favorite Jamaican and Rastafarian-inspired meals from those closest to him. Along with Marley’s own creations, like the sublime Coconut Dream Fish and aforementioned Mancakes, recipes include his wife Orly’s morning oatmeal, his sister Karen’s lentil soup, recipes from his daughter Judah and mother-in-law, fresh juices like those his father enjoyed and contributions from several renowned chefs.