A Brief History of Cedella Marley Booker's Origins and Family

Cedella Marley Booker, affectionately known as “Mother B,” was a very selfless woman who loved her family so much and was generous to a fault. She loved to make others around her happy. “Mother Booker” had great culinary skills and cooked for her loved ones all her life. You would have literally licked your plates and hands if you were being served her recipes. Yes! She was that exceptional.

In her later years, she decided to become a Rastafarian. This new way of life made her more committed to wholesome natural foods and vegetarian dishes. However, this posed a challenge to her family because they were already accustomed to her Jamaican style of cooking, curry chicken, beef stew, among her other tasty dishes. She then realized that she had to make her vegetarian dishes tasty and delicious so that her family would enjoy them. Her iconic pepper sauces have led to the development of other sauces and seasonings that we serve at Smilin Island today.