Dip. Vegetarian & Vegan Nutritionist, IAHT, MCMA
My dream for many years was to live in Italy and finally after many visits it happened…or to quote Marcel Proust.. “my dream became my address”.
I’ve spent most of my life either travelling the world, writing, cooking and experimenting in the kitchen – so food anthropology and global cuisines have always played a major role in my life.
Of course on my travels I’ve eaten wonderful food, but what I enjoyed the most were the colourful food and spice markets of India, Asia, Middle East and Africa and watching dishes being created with simple local ingredients, herbs and spices. The smells, the smoke from the woks, frypans and fires, the noise of knives chopping, grills hissing and the shouting of vendors and eaters alike was like walking through an ancient, magical world.
Whenever I travelled I rarely ate meat – the occasional spicy grasshopper in Bangkok or a crispy duck treat in Bali, but otherwise I ate as the locals ate, mainly vegetarian.
Now I live in beautiful Northern Italy and I’ve been exploring the country and it’s classic cuisine, meeting local food growers, farmers and food producers in the nearby mountains, valleys and lakes and matching Italy’s wonderful produce with foods and spices from my travels.
And this is what I am enjoying now – writing, teaching and demonstrating simple ideas for cooking with spices and plants. I’m passionate about promoting a healthier and more plant-based diet both for us and for the planet.
Faustina is English and has lived in Northern Italy for the past ten years dividing her time between the mountainous Bergamo region near Milan and the wine region of Barolo in Piemonte.
She has travelled extensively doing freelance cooking and catering (from cramped boat galleys to airplane hangars & rock band tours); made a pilot African food documentary in Nelson Mandela’s homeland; researched and written recipes for a CBC-TV daily cooking programme, has written her own cookbook and has just finished her website http://www.healingplantfoodsandspices.org which offers help and support to those wanting to transition to a more plant-based food diet.
She is a qualified Vegetarian and Vegan Nutritionist, a member of the Complementary Medical Association and a member of the Italian Slow Food Movement. She has been teaching and demonstrating the benefits of eating plant-based foods, spices, raw food and juices in Italy and is now writing a book on ‘The Healing Power of Plant-Based Foods and Spices’.