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New Biographical Cookbook About JBF Award Winner Paula Wolfert

Alison Tozzi Liu

Alison Tozzi Liu

July 08, 2015


On the shelves of the world's most renowned chefs (think Yotam Ottolenghi and Alice Waters) sit at least one–if not many–of Paula Wolfert's nine groundbreaking cookbooks. Three years ago, the multiple James Beard Award–winning author was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Her response? To dive into research on the disease in the same way she meticulously researched the the cuisines of Morocco and Southern France when writing her cookbooks. She found a study that showed how diet and other lifestyle changes could partially reverse cognitive decline, and turned to food as medicine. 

Today, she feels better than she has in years. Her former editor at Food & Wine, Emily Kaiser Thelin, has teamed up with a publishing dream team to create Unforgettable: Bold Flavors From Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life, which will tell the tale of the woman Dana Cowin has called one of the world's best culinary anthropologists, and will include recipes from her nine books, like the avocado-sardine toasts pictured above, (get the recipe for this brain-healthy dish here). 

The Kickstarter campaign for the project ends tomorrow night at midnight. Check out the page and check out some of the chef rewards that are being offered, such as fellow JBF Award winner David Kinch’s favorite Paula Wolfert playlist.