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Rachael Ray Every Day - - Kids Who Cook -

MU­SIC SETS THE TEMPO FOR MY COOK­ING,” SAYS ZIGGY. “MU­SIC AND FOOD ARE BOTH ALL ABOUT TIM­ING AND RHYTHM. SOME­TIMES I’LL DANCE AROUND THE K ITCHEN WHILE I’M COOK­ING.”

At home, Ziggy Mar­ley, the eight-time Grammy win­ner and son of reg­gae leg­end Bob Mar­ley, is just an­other dad try­ing to get his kid to eat his break­fast. “My seven-year-old son, Abra­ham, re­ally doesn’t like oat­meal, but he loves nin­jas,” says Ziggy. “So I told him, ‘This is ninja prac­tice. Use your mind to over­come the oat­meal. Don’t let the oat­meal de­feat you.’ It took him 30 min­utes to fin­ish a ta­ble­spoon, but it’s a start.” When Ziggy’s not do­ing oat­meal ninja training, he’s likely cook­ing with his kids (he and his wife, Orly, have four). Ju­dah, 13, is an en­thu­si­as­tic sous chef. “She loves to be in the kitchen and thinks she’s on Top Chef,” says Ziggy. “I al­ways tell her to slow down and watch those fin­gers.” Gideon, 11, pitches in to mix up easy things like quinoa salad, while Isa­iah, 2, gives out hugs. And Abra­ham? He prob­a­bly just zipped out of the kitchen to kick the soc­cer ball around in the back­yard. “The kitchen is where we get to­gether,” Ziggy says. “We can share things eas­ier if we’re to­gether and cook­ing and eat­ing. Cook­ing also helps the kids learn how to be self-suf­fi­cient—and how to clean up af­ter them­selves! It’s not just about food—cook­ing is about life.”

When Ziggy was a kid, he liked ham­burg­ers. Now that he doesn’t eat meat, a tuna patty sat­is­fies his burger crav­ings.

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