Ziggy Marley, the oldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, shares his love for food in ” Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made with Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen.” This cookbook offers 54 recipes inspired by traditional Jamaican food and Rastafari culture.
Many of the meals are centered on ital (derived from the word vital), food celebrated by the Rastafari movement that’s fresh, organic, nutritious, and prepared with less salt. The book’s intro gives details about the family, preparing readers for the Rise, All Day, Midday, Evening, and the Sweets sections. The vivid color images throughout the hardback book make dishes such as mancakes, jerk chicken, and roasted yam tart leap off of the pages. Recipes also note vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free underneath their titles, along with serving sizes.
Both novice, intermediate, and experienced chefs will appreciate the common ingredients and easy-to-follow preparation. Most recipes call for at least one product from Ziggy Marley Organics, a line of hempseeds and flavored coconut oils, however, they include alternatives. For example, the Hempseed Pesto calls for one tablespoon of Ziggy Marley’s Coco'Mon ™ Coconut Oil or cooks can substitute extra-virgin olive oil as suggested. Substituting items may, however, result in a less authentic flavor as all brands aren’t created equal. Still, individuals have options.
They can also try other offerings such as the fall quinoa salad, tofu in coconut carrot curry, or the ahi tuna burger. Personally, my family members can’t wait to devour the stout gingerbread and the cinnamon orange almond popcorn this fall season.
Overall, the ease of “Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook” makes it a worthwhile read that inspires fresh, healthy choices for all members of the entire family any day of the year, so be sure to order your copy on Amazon today.
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