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Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook


A cookbook inspired by the food of Ziggy’s upbringing in the household of Bob and Rita Marley.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the Akashic Books website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Ziggy Marley!

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What people are saying…

“[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.”

“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.”

“The famous reggae star shows how to make healthy, Jamaican-inspired fish and vegetarian dishes.”
Fresno Bee

“When he’s not working in the recording studio, Ziggy Marley is likely spending time in his Los Angeles kitchen . . . This time is spiritual for Marley: He blends his Jamaican and Rastafari traditions with [wife] Orly’s Middle Eastern ones in their parenting, the kitchen and his Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook, which includes fresh, island-inspired recipes like salmon-and-cauliflower rice bowls.”

“After a successful venture into children’s books with the acclaimed ‘I Love You Too,’ comes Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook featuring both traditional Jamaican food and the more natural and healthy ‘ital’ food of the family’s Rastafari culture . . . Impressive.”
Los Angeles Wave

“With a health-focused approach, Ziggy Marley reveals memories and food traditions in his new family cookbook.”

“A medley of lively recipes like Roasted Yam Tart and Coconut Dream Fish.”
Family Circle

“Ziggy Marley might not be the first name that springs to mind when you’re looking for some meal time inspo, but the veggie and vegan recipes from the musician’s book is set to be your new go-to source for delicious food.”
Veggie Magazine (UK)

Included in Beatroute Magazine 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

“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.”

“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

“Ziggy rolls up his sleeves to produce Vegetarian Hash, dumplings, Jerk Chicken, Tofu in Coconut Curry, Fish Soup, Caribbean Salsa, Hempseed Pesto, Date and Kale Smoothie, Frittata, Mancakes, Mamá Carmelita’s flan and even offers the best recipe for baking Stout Gingerbread. Simply explained, gluten-free, organic fruits and vegetables combine to make healthy, vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian meals.”
The New York Beacon

“A delicious collection of accessible recipes, with an emphasis on healthy and natural—or ‘ital’—ingredients.”
Freedom Leaf Magazine

“Filled with enticing photos, the book includes the recipes of Marley and those close to him, including sister Karen and daughter Judah. It’s a celebration of food and family. Containing meat and fish dishes, as well as vegan and vegetarian creations, it draws not only from the Jamaican and Rastafarian cultures that nurtured Marley, but also his wife Orly’s Israeli-Iranian roots.”
The Mercury News

“An exquisite and delectable menu of succulent food.”

“A cookbook of wholesome meal plans (think Coconut Curry Squash Soup, Roasted Yam Tart and more) based on the traditional Jamaican and Rastafarian “ital” recipes [Marley] grew up with and the Persian/Israeli cuisine inspired by his wife’s cultural roots.”
Palo Alto Online

“The book is inspired by Jamaican meals Ziggy enjoyed while growing up – but with an up-dated healthy spin. It features contributions by wife Orly, sister Karen and daughter Judah.”
The Chronicle Journal

“Marley delivers a book full of flavors that appeal to the taste buds but also to clean eating . . . There is truly something here for every adventurous and organic-conscious foodie from the Marley family kitchen.”
Insights Magazine

“The easy directions will have you heading to the kitchen to try these recipes yourself.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“This is no typical island cookbook; rather, it’s an innovative collection of healthful recipes from his family’s Rastafarian and Jamaican roots, combined with dishes from his wife’s Persian/Israeli background.”
Palo Alto Daily News

“The cookbook predominately features several recipes that are vegan and vegetarian, but also includes meat and fish recipes, some of which are fusions of Jamaican cuisine, and his wife’s Israeli and Iranian background — food Marley promises that anyone can enjoy even if they are not Jamaican.”
Caribbean Life

“Marley . . . did not set out to write a Jamaican cookbook, but one that reflects his life. He took inspiration from the food of his Bull Bay youth, his family’s holistic Rasta culture, his wife Orly’s Israeli and Iranian background as well as his own preference for healthy, natural foods.”
Palm Beach Post

“A brightly illustrated exhortation to eat simple meals compounded from healthy ingredients. Some of the recipes are rooted in the Jamaican food he grew up with—you’ll find his take on jerk chicken—but much of it is globally inspired. Look for his Miami Apple and Feta Salad or try the almond coconut smoothie. Included are a good number of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.”
Shepherd Express

“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

“This is not the antiseptic cooking of a catering kitchen, it is family-style with pans that have done their duty for years and show it. Pictures of the family eating and enjoying the food add to entire family-centric feeling the book creates . . . This is a beautiful cookbook filled with easy, healthy recipes that are not only delicious, they are a feast for the eyes.”
Tonstant Weader Reviews

“Musicians are often self-taught and draw inspiration from a variety of influences. That’s how it is for Marley when it comes to food preparation, too. Recipes come from traditional Jamaican and Rastafarian cuisine, along with meals from the Middle East, which were contributed by Marley’s wife Orly and her family, who are Israeli of Iranian descent. The book also has African flavors, inspired by Marley’s time with the Ethiopian musicians of one of his early bands.”
Reggae Festival Guide

“As an homage to his family and heritage, Ziggy Marley’s cookbook boasts a collection of juicy Jamaican dishes . . . From tofu coconut curry and hempseed pesto to classic jerk chicken and Caribbean salsa, Marley’s updated Jamaican-inspired recipes exude the comfort we expect from the kitchen.”
The Manual


*While supplies last, books ordered through the Akashic Books website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Ziggy Marley!

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.

From the introduction by Ziggy Marley:

“I first started dabbling in the kitchen as a teenager. I enjoyed making cornmeal porridge, and it helped me to begin appreciating the idea of nourishment, the idea that food can make your body feel better. I would make Irish moss and some of my dad’s juices . . . Our Rasta culture was different than regular Jamaican culture. We used to have both sides then, because my auntie would cook the more traditional Jamaican food. On the other side, our Rasta culture drew us to a different way of eating. My father would always have a lot of juices and greens and nuts. We were introduced to ital food—fresh, organic, and nutritious, less salt.”

Watch Ziggy Marley featured in a episode of The Chew.

Watch clips of an interview with Ziggy Marley on Oprah’s Where Are They Now? here and here.

Read interviews with Ziggy Marley at Huffington PostPeople Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, Culture Collide, TOP Talk with Pace Webb , GothamIsland StageGQ.com, Food & Wine MagazineRelix Magazine, Reggae Festival GuideWebMDand LA Confidential.

Find out what Ziggy Marley’s favorite room is in this feature at the Los Angeles Times.

Listen to interviews with Ziggy Marley on Cookery by the Book and Milk Street Radio with Christopher Kimball.

Watch interviews with Ziggy Marley on KTLA Morning News, the MichaeLA Show (HLN/CNN), and The Real.

Check out Ziggy Marley’s appearance as a guest judge on the Food Network’s Chopped Junior!

The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook is getting a lot of love from Sie7e, Sprinkles’ Candace Nelson, Holly Robinson Peete, Jason Mraz, Romany Malco, Reza Farahan, Kenny Chesney, and Jamie Lee Curtis!

Read Ziggy Marley’s guest piece for AARP The Magazine.

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook included in the San Francisco Chronicle as recommendation from Hicklebee’s.

Enjoy Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken as a featured recipe for Memorial Day weekend in Chattanooga’s Times Free Press.

Read a feature on Ziggy Marley and his family in B3 Parenting Magazine Magazine. 

Included in Connecticut Magazine’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

Ziggy Marley and his family were featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray‘s June 2018 issue — check out the Summer playlist Ziggy curated for them here!

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Published: 10/11/16
  • IBSN: 9781617754838
  • e-IBSN: 9781617754845


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.

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