Gioia di Vivere Scuola di Cucina Vegana Naturale

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Gioia di Vivere Scuola di Cucina Vegana Naturale

Gioia di Vivere Scuola di Cucina Vegana Naturale
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The Cooking School “Gioia di Vivere” is set in the typical Tuscan countryside. We will welcome you in a warm and informal ambient. Our vegan cooking classes are open to all, beginners or expert chef. Our classes are an unique opportunity to learn how important is taking care of each ingredient. We only use food that is: organic, seasonal, whole, balanced, fresh and delicious. Ours is a farm-to-table cooking school so vegetables comes from our own garden and we personally select and buy whole ancient grains flours, local extra virgin olive oil and local wine. Our classes are practical (with vegetarian option upon request) and our Chef will reveal secrets handed down from generations. You will learn the healthiest way to cook ingredients and how food significantly affects our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
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RohineeLdn
London, UK11 contributions
An inspiring plant-based cooking experience in the Tuscan hills
Jul 2020
I had the most magical experience learning macrobiotic plant-based cooking with Chef Stefania during my stay in Lucca. I am a plant-based nutritionist and loved how Chef Stefania celebrates whole plant foods in her cooking, adapting traditional Tuscan recipes so they can be enjoyed by all eaters! I learnt so much and especially loved learning how to make vegan cheese from scratch, homemade egg-free pasta and delicious farro salads. She was so warm and welcoming and invited my husband to join us for the meals after the classes. She explains everything beautifully and her passion for Italian food and cooking is truly infectious. Highly recommend to anyone, particularly those with an interest in cooking nourishing plant-based food!
Written 15 September 2020
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Priyanka M
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Lovely 3 days in Tuscany cooking and eating spectacular vegan food
Jul 2020 • Solo
I did a 3 day vegan cooking course with Stefania in Lucca, and it was a truly wonderful experience. She arranged everything beautifully. The classes were informal and fun with lots of hands on experience. She taught us not just to follow the recipe but also use our intuition in the kitchen. She also shared lots of tips and tricks from her experience, which was really amazing. In the end, we enjoyed the fruits of our labour by eating everything we cooked in a nice big lunch on all days.

The location of my retreat (which was also organised by Stefania) was also amazing- very close to Lucca but at the same time with all the country side charms.

I would recommend this retreat to all vegan food lovers. You are sure to have a good time with Stefania and her friends. Remember to give yourself a few extra days before and after the course days to be able to enjoy Lucca and the surrounding areas, as the cooking days are quite busy and full on!

Big thanks to Stefania and Gioia di Vivere!
Written 28 July 2020
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Thank you Priyanka!! I enjoyed a lot cooking with you every day, you have an amazing energy and I truly felt your passion for vegan cuisine.. I hope to meet you again one day, eating a bowl full of vegan tagliatelle made together from scratch ;) Take care, love. Stefania
Written 11 August 2020
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Natalia
London, UK19 contributions
One of the best things you’ll ever do
Jan 2020
I attended classes at the school for the Vegan Organic Chef Certificate program and seven additional classes (five of which I added after attending the Certificate program for a few days). It is one of the best things I have ever done. The entire experience was wonderful. Marina and Stefania (and their whole family) are passionate about health, well-being, cooking, and food. They take their time to communicate the information and techniques but also to convey energetic and nutritional aspects of food and its preparation. Whether your are experienced or a novice, this school has a lot to offer. The pace of the classes and program was very relaxed and in the flow.

The quality of ingredients is unsurpassed. Everything is organic and whatever can be made from scratch is indeed homemade (butters, creams, milks, tofu, tomato purée, etc.). Their produce is sourced from their own organic, biodynamic garden and they grow their own organic herbs. The variety of foods is amazing (we made everything from homemade pasta to sushi). The joy that they feel for what they do comes across in every aspect of the classes. I can’t wait to come back. Thank you all for a truly wonderful and joyful time!
Written 2 February 2020
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Lindsey G
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Please don’t miss out on this amazing learning experience!
Oct 2019 • Solo
I attended classes here for 4 days, and my brain is now full of all of the amazing information I learned from Stefania and her lovely mom. They taught me traditional Tuscan recipes using fresh food (mostly from their own garden) and great cooking techniques. I loved each recipe we made and can’t wait to recreate them for my friends and family! We ate lunch together as a family every day, so it was neat to talk to everyone and enjoy the food together. Stefania and her family are very kind and generous, even if you come alone you will feel right at home.

One more thing to note...Stefania was very flexible about letting me mix and match which classes I wanted to do, although that probably depends on how many students she has on which week. But I suggest you can even just let her pick the course or lessons she thinks would be best, because anything you do there will be amazing!

Recommended to anyone :)
Written 12 October 2019
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Thank you very much Lindsey!! We truly enjoyed your company and so happy to hear that you learned a lot. We look forward to meet you again one day! Stefania
Written 13 October 2019
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Angela
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A joyful experience!
Oct 2019 • Couples
My boyfriend and I loved the fresh pasta and sauces class that we took this morning with Marina and Stefania. They are such a delightful and knowledgeable family; the space is gorgeous; and we learned so much about proper cutting, seasoning, balancing, and cooking techniques! After hours of cooking and learning, the whole class sat down to a beautiful meal — mamma mia! So much food!! The whole time, Stefania took awesome photos for us to enjoy forever, and we got a certificate. We loved everything about this perfect little school — the class was a highlight of our trip! Grazie mille!
Written 2 October 2019
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Mario B
Rome, Italy11 contributions
Cooking Class of a Lifetime
Sep 2019 • Solo
I spent 3 days taking cooking classes at Gioia di Vivere. I loved them so much - I signed up for an additional class.

I came all the way from New York City, where I have done many pop up dinners and restaurant consultations. I confidently say that this school gives you much more than recipes. They give you all of the traditional Italian secrets you’ve been looking for. So be sure to bring a notepad.

Founded on a macrobiotic philosophy, they teach you how food is medicine, energy, and therapy. You will learn the yin and yang of your hands, cookware, and ingredients.

It is run by thee most loving Italian family. The amount of love they put into their food and each class is mesmerizing.

No matter if you are a beginner or a professional - they have a lot to offer - and you have a lot to gain.

I plan on returning next year for more classes.

Thank you Stefania for an incredible time.
Written 29 September 2019
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Thank you so much Mario, you are such a creative and expert chef and we are proud to hear that you learned more from us! We wish you all the best for your career and we look forward to meet you again!! Marina, Nicola and Stefania
Written 3 October 2019
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alongoldberg
Israel25 contributions
Amazing experience at the Gioia di Vivere Cooking School in Lucca
Jun 2019
My wife booked us into 2 days of cooking courses. I am not normally a vegan or vegetarian but my wife is (almost) and is exploring healthy eating and diet as part of a process of recovery from illness.

Since it was just us, we could tailor the lessons per our choice without any issue and we wanted to learn the basics of Italian and Tuscan food, so pasta on day one, pizza and traditional Tuscan on day two.

We stayed in Lucca and drove to the school - slightly challenging to find but Stefania was on the lookout and we soon made our way to a charming traditional Tuscan farmhouse.

What followed was a revelation... Stefania lead the instruction, and was soon joined by her mother Marina, who can only be described as a master in the art of vegan cooking.
Full hands on participation - no sitting back and watching here...

When the food was ready, time for lunch and we were joined by Dad, who grows all the vegetables in his garden. He is also a wealth of information on natural health - and with language barriers handled by Stefania's translations, we had thoroughly enjoyable and engaging time both days - feeling completely immersed in a wonderful tuscan family, enjoying amazing food we had cooked ourselves (mostly - all the vegan dishes were prepared by Marina and had to be experienced to be believed... and this coming from a confirmed carnivore)
I cannot recommend these cooking classes more... you will learn and experience so much. We loved spending time with Stefania, Marina and the family, and will definitely come back for more...
Written 8 September 2019
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Thank you Alon, we enjoyed your company a lot and we hope to host you again one day!! Stefania
Written 3 October 2019
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Lisa C
10 contributions
Wonderful experience with high quality chefs/instructors
Jul 2019
Stephania and Marina are the daughter/mother team behind this wonderful vegan cooking school outside Lucca, Italy. Although I cook a lot and have been vegan for many years, it was so wonderful to watch, learn, and cook with these two beautiful woman. They are so passionate about vegan cooking and eating! Most of the food you prepare is fresh and organic from their garden. They even make their own tofu. And their recipe for vegan parmesan is to die for. Perfect!! You will learn about, chop, cook, and eat delicious and high quality food. I enjoyed the great vegan vegetable pies that you were swear had egg in them and the meatballs. They are wonderful teachers and learning in their kitchen made you feel at home.
Written 10 August 2019
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Thank you so much Lisa, we miss you and hope to meet you again here in Lucca!! Stefania
Written 3 October 2019
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Judi
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Great Vegan Cooking Class in Lucca, a highlight of our trip to Italy!
Jun 2019 • Family
Our family of 7(all adults) vacationed in Italy, with a four night stay in Lucca. One of our highlights was the wonderful vegan cooking class that Stefania provided to us in our spacious villa in the heart of Lucca. She taught us to make delicious homemade vegan pasta with a rich and creamy vegan sauce. Just half of our group was vegan, but the non-vegans enjoyed the food just as much. Stefania knows how to create such tasty dishes. She was very personable, friendly and helpful in our desire to make a healthy Italian meal. We received the recipes to our dishes, and plan to recreate them at home in the USA. I highly recommend booking this class for an amazing day in beautiful Tuscany!
Written 1 August 2019
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Thank you so much!! We truly enjoyed this experience with your family group! Wish you all the best, Stefania
Written 3 October 2019
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Wies J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
Great food and great teachers!
Jul 2019 • Solo
I did 4 full days of the vegan chef course. Stefania and Marina both are lovely teachers and great company! The course is good on all aspects: delicious ingrediënts (straight from Dad’s garden, homemade or great quality organic), smart techniques, knowledge of health and of course great recipes! I would especially recommend doing the pasta course, savory pies and ask to make meatballs, these were the most fun. I would also ask for recipes you’d personally like to make, they are good at everything! The family is super hospitable, during the course it almost felt like I was part of the family. I hope to be back!
Written 18 July 2019
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Thank you so much Wies, we enjoyed your company and happy to hear that you loved our cooking school as well!! Hope to meet you again in Tuscany, one day. Stefania
Written 3 October 2019
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