Simone Bazzotti and Nicola Ulivieri (from right) receiving the Siena Carbon Free 2015 prize, with (from left) President of the Province of Siena Simone Bezzini and the Provincial Councillor for the Environment Gabriele Berni (photo by G. Pizzichi, 2012).
Cooking with the Sun
Solar cooking is a passion of Nicola Ulivieri who experiments continually new prototypes for years, pursuing various educational initiatives. He was awarded the "Siena Carbon Free 2015 prize" for the project "Solar Cookers" and he recently published the book "Solar Cookers".
Cooking with the Sun - History, Theory, Construction, Recipes
An exhaustive manual-essay introducing you to the world of solar cookers that highlights the potential of these practical tools with which you can cook your dishes outdoors with solar energy alone. You will learn the history, development and refinement of solar cookers, but also the theory of apparent motion of the Sun, as well of solar radiation and its conversion into heat. This book is accompanied by an extensive theoretical and practical section that illustrates the working principles of solar cookers: complete with the methods to build them with recycled materials, illustrative examples and advice on recipes.
238 Pages, over 200 illustrations. Ebook also available
Buy the Book, Paperback or Ebook
Paperback: Buy the book with a discount from publisher's site Lulu.com
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Otherwise buy on online bookstores: Amazon or search through ISBN: 978-0244841409
- Ebook: Purchase the eBook from publisher's site Lulu.com supporting independent publishing, or search in bookstores through ISBN: 978-0244279639
Spreadsheets associated to the book are available for solar cookers projects and they can be downloaded for free in a single zip file.
Here are available the tables of the Equation of time and Declination of the Sun.
Here are available the spreadsheet for the Simplified calculation of sunrise and sunset.
Or you can go to this interactive page for calculations of the Sun's Position.
You may be interested in the following free software:
· Planetarium for observation of the Sun, stars, constellations: Stellarium
· 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery: Google Earth
· Free OpenOffice package to manage spreadsheets if you do not have Excel: OpenOffice
Award "Siena Carbon Free 2015"
Mission to Ethiopia
Study of solar ovens
Appointed by the Marche Polytechnic University for a research in Ethiopia on the use of solar ovens in Woreda communities in collaboration with NGO Comunità Volontari per il Mondo CVM (2023)
Seminar on Solar Cooking Devices
Seminar held at the University of Sawla entitled "General knowledge on Solar Cooking Devices. Experiences in Italy", and delivery of my book to the director of the University (2023)
TV Appearances & Conferences
Guest on RAI, Italian National Television
Guest at the Siena Carbon Free episode of Linea Verde, Rai 1, aired December 1, 2018, fully visible at the address of Raiplay. My interview is at the beginning
Guest at the EcoFuturo Festival of Ecotechnologies and Self-construction, July 2014. TV interview on FattoQuotidiano.tv ; here an article on the birth of the meeting (ITA) "Caffè da Fo. Una giornata di cultura ecologica con Jacopo Fo" ; all EcoFuturo video 2014 edition
Guest at Sun Med Festival
Guest for solar cooking demonstrations at Sun Med Festival, the first solar energy festival in the city of Palermo, dedicated to science, technology and culture of the Sun in the Mediterranean
Solar Cooking Video
Solar cooking on the Snow
Cooking with a portable solar cooker on mountain snow during a snowshoe hike.
Cooking with the Sun
An overview of photos and videos of some of our solar cooking experimentation events, by using the only sunlight energy.
Backstage Linea Verde
Preparation and cooking for the Linea Verde TV episode.
Solar cooking of sausages and coffee
During the olive harvest, in October, is there anything better than cooking sausages in the sun and make also a nice coffee? Without fires and open flames.
My video playlists
Watch all my solar cooking videos from the frame above or on Youtube from this link
Reading of "Solar Cookers, Cooking with the Sun" (ITA)
Reading of passages from the book "Solar Cookers" by the author Nicola Ulivieri for the initiative of the Municipal Library of Murlo during the Covid-19 emergency.
Self-build paraboloid-shaped solar concentrator, assembled in pieces by using a certain number of polycarbonate sectors covered with reflective films, all the same shape, joined sideways. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers
Satellite Dish Cooker
Satellite Dish solar concentrator made by offset dish covered with reflective films. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers
Self-build paraboloid-shaped solar concentrator, assembled in pieces by using a certain number of cardboard sectors covered with reflective films, all the same shape, joined sideways. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers
Very simple type of solar concentrator. This model uses the parabolic profile in a single dimension, allowing it to be made by simply bending - but appropriately - a reflective sheet. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers
Solar Box Cooker
Box type solar cooker made by cardboard boxes and reflective panels. Do you want to build it? Learn how with Solar Cookers