An eight-time GRAMMY winner, Emmy winner, author, philanthropist, and reggae icon, Ziggy Marley has released thirteen albums to much critical acclaim. Now with his own label, Tuff Gong Worldwide, and publishing company, Ishti Music, Marley has complete control of his master recordings and publishing. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three GRAMMYs, with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who's Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down." Ziggy's first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a GRAMMY in 2006 for "Best Reggae Album." His third solo studio album, Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored a 5th GRAMMY award for "Best Children's Album." In 2011, Ziggy released his 4th solo studio album, Wild and Free, as well as his first graphic novel entitled MARIJUANAMAN. His 2012 live album Ziggy Marley In Concert, earned a 6th GRAMMY award for "Best Reggae Album," and released his debut children's book I Love You Too. Ziggy's fifth solo studio album, Fly Rasta was released to mass critical acclaim in 2015, and earned his 7th GRAMMY for "Best Reggae Album." 2016 marked the release of Marley's self-titled album, which garnered his 8th GRAMMY, as well as The Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook, via Akashic Books.
"An exquisite and delectable menu of succulent food."
"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
"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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Exploring flavors from across Jamaican cultures, international influences and most importantly, healthy organic foods, we get a first-hand look into the life and family that has long been adored."
"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
"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."
"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."
"The famous reggae star shows how to make healthy, Jamaican-inspired fish and vegetarian dishes."
"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."
"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 cookbook of wholesome meal plans (think Coconut Curry Squash Soup, Roasted Yam Tart and more) based on the traditional Jamaican and Rastafrian "ital" recipes [Marley] grew up with and the Persian/Israeli cuisine inspired by his wife's cultural roots."
--Palo Alto Online
"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 items."
"A delicious collection of accessible recipes, with an emphasis on healthy and natural--or 'ital'--ingredients."
--Freedom Leaf Magazine
"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
"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
"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