10 Questions for Ziggy Marley

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1. You recently published the Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook. Tell us about it.

It’s a lot of recipes that we got from friends, from my mother-in-law, from all sorts of people we know, from me. It’s a real community endeavor.

2. Do you have a favorite recipe in the book?

Everything is really great in there, but my favorite recipe is the coconut dream fish, because I made that up on the fly. It’s intuitive cooking. When I finished it, I didn’t even taste it before I said, “Oh, that’s beautiful. Let me take a picture.”

3. Who taught you to cook?

Growing up in Jamaica, I had a great aunt who did a lot of cooking and baking and everything in the house. We used to hang around her in the kitchen and be her tasters, you know. Taste this, taste this, taste that. That’s where it all began.

4. How do you like to cook at home?

I’ll come into the kitchen, I’m hungry, and I’ll create something from what we have, not using specific recipes. I’ll mish mash mush up something together. It looks messy, but it tastes good.

5. Has healthy cooking always been important to you?

Growing up, healthy eating wasn’t something that we thought about. It was just something that we did. But as we grew older, lots of fast-food options showed up, and you had to start to think: What am I putting into my body?

6. What’s the most important meal of the day for you?

Breakfast. Typically what I make is the oatmeal recipe that’s in the book, loaded with coconut, blueberries, and almond butter. That’s my staple breakfast.

7. How do you encourage kids to eat well?

Start as young as possible. Open up their palates and set an example. If the parents eat healthy, the kids will eat healthy. For example, we don’t have soda in the house.

8. Do you have any guilty-pleasure foods?


Cupcakes! I like coconut cupcakes. And oatmeal raisin cookies.

9. What do you do to stay in shape?

I do everything. I run. I box. I lift weights. My routine’s just like my cooking: It’s intuitive; it’s a lot of different things that I make up as I go because I get bored. I like to work out, but I don’t want to stick to any one routine. I want it to be free. I feel really good when I do it that way.

10. Is your cooking at all like your music?

I’m very free-minded in both. I don’t like to be in boxes, whether it’s music or food.

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WebMD Magazine Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on December 19, 2016


Ziggy Marley, musician and activist.

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