A third of all produced food on Earth goes to waste. This fact can be hard to imagine, but it is a problem that we have to face and look for creative solutions. The best place to start, for many of us, will be in our own kitchens.

In today’s world, where environmental consciousness is paramount and financial prudence is essential, finding ways to eat healthily, sustainably, and affordably is a challenge many face. Fortunately, there’s a solution that not only nourishes the body but also nurtures the planet and saves money: a sustainable cookbook. Published within the Fusilli project Rijeka is a part of, with 24 delectable recipes designed to be both simple and affordable, accompanied by tips and tricks to reduce food waste, this cookbook is your guide to a greener kitchen and a healthier lifestyle. The cookbook is written in Croatian but a digital publication in English will be coming very soon!

graph of brix values in the harvested carrots
graph of brix values in the harvested carrots


Sustainable Cooking: A Triple Win

Sustainable cooking is about more than just the food on our plates; it’s about the entire lifecycle of that food, from farm to fork to compost heap. By choosing recipes that prioritize seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, we reduce the carbon footprint of our meals while supporting local farmers and communities. Additionally, by utilizing every part of the ingredients we purchase and minimizing food waste, we not only save money but also reduce the burden on landfills, where food waste emits harmful greenhouse gases.


Recipes for Health and Savings

Our cookbook features 24 recipes that are not only delicious but also easy on the wallet and the environment. From hearty soups and salads to satisfying mains and sweet treats, each recipe is crafted to maximize flavour and nutrition while minimizing cost and waste.


Tips and Tricks for Waste Reduction

In addition to mouthwatering recipes, our cookbook is packed with practical tips and tricks to help you reduce food waste and stretch your grocery budget further:

  • Meal Planning: Plan your meals for the week ahead to ensure you only buy what you need and minimize impulse purchases.
  • Proper Storage: Learn how to store fruits, vegetables, and pantry staples properly to extend their shelf life and prevent spoilage.
  • Creative Reuse: Discover innovative ways to repurpose leftovers and kitchen scraps into new meals and snacks, saving money and reducing waste in the process.

Conclusion: Cooking Towards a Greener Future

With our sustainable cookbook in hand, you have the power to transform your kitchen into a hub of eco-friendly, budget-conscious culinary creativity. By choosing recipes that prioritize seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and implementing strategies to reduce food waste, you can nourish yourself, your family, and the planet while saving money in the process. So, roll up your sleeves, preheat the oven, and join us on a delicious journey towards a greener, healthier future—one meal at a time. Happy cooking!

In summary, cooking sustainably not only benefits our health and the environment but also our wallets. With a repertoire of delicious, affordable recipes and savvy tips to reduce waste, this sustainable cookbook is your go-to guide for culinary success. So, let’s embrace the power of sustainable cooking and embark on a journey towards a healthier, greener future—one delicious meal at a time.


Author: Emira Brkić Karninčić, Rijeka Living Lab Manager