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My name is Lisa Casali and I live in Milan, in Italy. Cooking and the environment are quite literally my daily bread – they represent my two greatest interests as well as how I make a living! I devote myself every day to the environment (specifically, to the challenges we face regarding pollution) and it really was a spontaneous and natural evolution to combine this with my love of cooking, blending the two ingredients together, just as if I were creating a new dish.

And so it came to be that, roughly 7 years ago, I began experimenting in the kitchen. I was fed up with being a passive consumer and I wanted to know more about the products I brought into my home. I wanted to get rid of all the useless packaging and ‘marketing puff’ but, most of all, I asked myself: Is it really necessary to throw away so much? Are all those ‘bits and bobs’ that the recipe books tell us to throw away really inedible or just more difficult to prepare?

 I began trying out different things, as well as going around and chatting to nutrition experts, chefs and friends and – guess what? – I discovered that not only are traditional ‘food scraps’ edible, there is nothing to stop them being as precious as the parts we normally eat! It was then that I decided to dedicate a whole lot of energy into drilling down to the details and creating recipes that use….all the parts that the others tell us to throw away – and thus Ecocucina was born!

I don’t just mean the usual leftovers. I’m talking about food scraps, especially from vegetables, such as the outer leaves of artichokes, the stems of asparagus, as well as peels, pods, and cores – you name it!

I published almost 4 books (the last one will be published next november) about my philosophy and recipes with Gribaudo Editore.

My new book is about self production and I will give you soon some news about it…

My last published book is “Ecocucina”, launched on june 2012.

I experiment every day new ways to reduce house hold food waste and the consumption of water and energy in the kitchen. The amount of the reduction depends on your habits and alimentation. In my case, mostly vegetarian alimentation, never use of food ready to eat I had a reduction of food waste about 25%. But this percentage is always increasing.

In this book you can find about 200 recipes and 14 menu for a really zero impact cuisine.

There are also 30 special recipes ideal as a gift for friends, an exemple is the Vegetable Stock Powder. This is one of my favorite recipes because the cost is zero, the taste is very good and is better than the industrial one.

Design Project: Leftloft

Photographer: Claudia Castaldi

Food Stylist: Roberta Deiana

Prop Stylist: Roberta Mantovani e Silvia Valassina

My second book is  “Cucinare in lavastoviglie” (Cooking in the dishwasher), published on 2011, a kind of operating manual to learn everything you have to know in order to cook in the dishwasher in a safe way and saving energy. The results are excellent because is a low temperature cooking (like in the high cuisine). Is important to close the  food in hermetically sealed jars or in vacuum plastic bags (specific for cooking). I counted 10 different benefits cooking in this way.

Here you can find 1 of my recipe in the dishwasher:

My first book is “La cucina a impatto (quasi) zero” (Cooking with (almost) no environmental impact”) (2010) dedicated to food scraps and the base method to use them in the best way saving money and reducing food wastes.

And so I continue to live my double, but symmetrical, life: by day, environmental risk expert and by night, eco-food blogger.

The further I go with this project, the more I test new ‘scraps’ and new ways of using them and I simply love sharing these recipes just as much as I love publishing the eco-recipes of whoever wants to contribute to this Laboratory.

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My books published abroad :

“Ecocucina”:

- French (France) – “Cuisiner mieux en jetant moins” – Larousse France, 2013

- German (Germany) – “Grün kochen? (Öko)Logisch!: Nichts mehr verschwenden, weniger ausgeben”, Goldmann, 2014

- Portuguese (Brazil) – “Cozinhando sem desperdício” –  Editora Alaude, 2013

 

“Cucinare in lavastoviglie”:

- Spanish (Spain) – “Cocinar con el lavavajillas” - Larousse, 2013

- German (Germany) “Kochen in der Spülmaschine”,  Parragon, 2013

- English – “Cooking in the dishwasher“, ebook 2013 e nel 2015 in USA for Random House.

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Can not miss in your home :

Besser Vacuum - the vacuum domestic more reliable both for cooking and to preserve food

Biosec – my inseparable dryer Tauro Dryers, to dry any ingredient and store it for a long time

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To contact me, please write to info@ecocucina.org

To write to my press agency please write to aurelia.costa@feltrinelli.it

36 Comments leave one →
  1. Molly permalink
    May 7, 2011 7:00 pm

    I’m so excited to have found your site! I just returned to the States from studying in Italy and I dearly miss the fresh food choices that were such a staple to our everyday cooking. I’m so anxious to start the good habits at home here, and what a great reference!

  2. August 9, 2011 10:37 pm

    Your food looks delicious.

    Thank you.

  3. January 15, 2012 12:07 am

    Great idea! I’ve thought of it many times but i’m glad someone followed it through, is living it, and sharing it! Does your book come in an English version? I sell health books in America.

  4. Gerhard Schmitt permalink
    January 15, 2012 10:29 am

    Good morning Lisa, at breakfast I read an article in my Sunday newspaper about your passion and went straight to your website. I still understand little Italian after having lived 0ne year in Ostia some 20 years ago. Then I started to like real Italian food and kept some recipies until now which will be updated from today.
    As a technique freak I will try to cook in the dishwasher first. Simply a good idea!! I will let you know about my experiences…..Bests Gerhard

  5. September 30, 2012 3:52 pm

    what a great blog! I especially like the stock idea, my boyfriend and I are planning to build an eco-house in wales and I’m trying to find as many ways as possible for us to be able to live on the produce of our future vegetable patch, and your stock recipe will come in handy!
    Another great way of preserving veggies that would otherwise go off is to pickle them :)

  6. June 23, 2013 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful blog. We could all use some awareness of our own personal food waste. I share your philosophy.

  7. September 10, 2013 12:52 am

    ダンヒル 財布

  8. Ingrid permalink
    October 20, 2013 5:53 pm

    It was easy to find your page! After the breakfast discussion under the tree on Tilos we have started to talk more about how to use ALL the food in the family. We are taking small steps. And the 5:2 diet has become 5 normal days and 2 vegan days!
    Regard Ingrid

  9. November 13, 2013 3:47 pm

    Um gosto ter chegado ao seu blogue graças a uma amiga. Terei que vir cokm mais
    tempo para tomar melhor conhecimento dos assuntos que trata.
    Bj.
    Irene Alves..

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    April 22, 2014 7:20 pm

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    any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My site has
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  11. May 23, 2014 1:36 pm

    It’s actually very complex in this full of
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  12. Chrys permalink
    May 31, 2014 7:27 pm

    Bonjour Madame Casali,

    Je suis française et je serai enchantée de pratiquer toutes vos recettes et conseils en achetant tous vos livres, quand ils seront en français !! Je les attends avec impatience !!

    Continuez ainsi !

    Amicalement

  13. June 17, 2014 3:33 pm

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has
    been doing a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me breakfast simply because I
    found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this subject here
    on your internet site.

  14. July 20, 2014 1:58 pm

    I’m not sure why but this website is loading extremely slow for me.

    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  15. August 29, 2014 3:22 pm

    Totalmente repugnante, asqueroso y nada recomendado. Porque no cocinas con la labadora? Porque no usas el vapor del tubo de escape del coche? O porque no hacer otra guarrada insalubre de esas?
    Ecs ecs ecs ecs ecs

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