Pioneered by the MECS programme in 2019 eCookbooks, or energy cookbooks, are a key resource in changing the narrative around electric cooking. Renewable energy generation is increasing access to affordable and reliable electricity and opening new windows of opportunity for cooks across the Global South. However, often people have very little idea how much electricity is needed to cook, let alone how much it actually costs compared to the other fuels available on the market.
Ecookbooks measure the energy, time and cost savings of cooking traditional dishes using energy efficient electric appliances.
Energy-efficient appliances save a significant amount of time, in some cases half the time, particularly when cooking long-boil dishes.
Consumers using energy-efficient appliances can expect large energy-savings on their dishes.
Energy-efficient appliances are cost-effective as they do not consume a lot of energy. Consumers can expect to save 50% on some dishes.
The eCookbooks package and present complex findings around energy and cooking in a digestible and accessible way so households, utility companies and policy-makers can make better informed decisions around fuels and appliances for cooking.
Many are also unaware of the broad range of modern energy-efficient cooking appliances that are now available and how compatible each one is with common dishes. eCookBooks seek to change this by exploring the relationship between energy use and cooking.
The Uganda eCookBook shows that it is possible to save considerable time and money by using electricity for cooking. It also shows how energy-efficient cooking devices can play an important role in Uganda’s energy future, offering an alternative narrative about cooking with electricity.
Zambia Modern Energy Cookbook
Zambia's modern energy cookbook explores benefits and drawbacks of the various fuels currently available in Zambia and the electricity access situation in the context of the Zambian government's urban cooking scenario, which will see a significant shift towards modern energy cooking in the coming years.
The India eCookbook takes you on a culinary journey across India, exploring the role that energy-efficient eCooking appliances could play in modernizing Indian kitchens. India is an electricity surplus nation with almost universal access to an increasingly reliable supply of electricity. However, there is still negligible use of electricity for cooking.
The Nepal eCookbook (2021) explores emerging technology around electric cooking, finding it has the potential to revolutionize cooking habits in Nepal, reducing air pollution created by traditional cooking methods and delivering significant health improvements to millions of Nepalese.
Many people across Myanmar rely on solid biomass such as wood and charcoal to prepare their food. The eCookbook shows how transitioning from biomass to modern energy-efficient electric appliances can save time and money, and help the environment.
The Tanzania eCookBoo provides evidence on how cooking with efficient electric appliances is possible, cost efficient, time saving and clean. It goes further on how one can save even more energy and money through better kitchen management practices.
The Kenya eCookBook was the first of a series of eCookBooks designed to support cooks in how to make more informed choices about the fuels and appliances that they use at home. The Kenya eCookBook was produced in Nairobi and focuses on one of the most energy intensive popular food groups: beans and cereals.