What Did Bob Marley Eat?

Even as Bob Marley grew more famous, he never left behind the food of his homeland. Eating in the ital style of his Rastafarian religion was so important to him that he always took his own chef, Gilly, on tour. Although strict ital food is vegetarian, Bob, like many Rastas, ate meat and most fish, but no pork and, most important, no salt. Instead, Gilly cannily seasoned food with fresh spices and herbs.

 At every stop on a concert tour, Gilly would create a postshow feast with huge pots of rice and “peas” (kidney beans simmered in coconut milk and thyme) and fried plantains. He would ladle onto the rice an ital stew, often made with such vegetables as cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, brown gungo peas and butter beans, cooked in coconut milk with garlic and thyme. Gilly would also squeeze fresh juices and mix drinks like limeade, ginger beer and Irish Moss (a particular favorite of Bob’s), a thick, clotted drink made with seaweed, condensed milk and cinnamon, which has a reputation as an aphrodisiac.





Photo Credit: Dave Nelson
Photo Credit: Dave Nelson
Road Manager Tony %22Gilly%22 Gilbert. May 11, 1977
Road Manager and Chef



Excerpt from: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/insiders-jamaica

Dave Nelson photo : http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcnelson0381/6907586375/in/faves-brendita21/

Cover photo by Patrice Murciano. Patrice Murciano’s Art : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrice-Murciano/100448973636

Chef Gilly’s photo : http://www.contactpressimages.com/bobmarley/inside.html

3 thoughts on “What Did Bob Marley Eat?

  1. If Bob Marley ate all those healthy high in vitamins and antioxidant foods then his cancer should have stopped growing. Foods like the ones mentioned above are powerful healers. But maybe he just pushed himself too hard and stressed too much which can aggravate the immune system, making his body weak so the cancer grew and killed him.


  2. I am getting ready to get married this Summer and I would like to have a Bob Marley wedding as a tribute to him so I’m trying to find his favorite foods and drinks and suites to be the only thing had at my wedding so I’m looking for his favorite food recipes my hair is also going to be with Bob Marley shaved in the back of my head a picture of him I mean so if anyone could please send me some recipes of Bob Marley’s thank you okay


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