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A biographical cookbook about culinary legend and Alzheimer's advocate Paula Wolfert
A biographical cookbook about culinary legend and Alzheimer's advocate Paula Wolfert
A biographical cookbook about culinary legend and Alzheimer's advocate Paula Wolfert
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UNFORGETTABLE: Bold Flavors from Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life will tell the incredible life story of a culinary legend. With your help, this biographical cookbook will share 50 of her most unforgettable dishes, many of them in line with her new brain-healthy diet. To produce it, we have assembled a cookbook publishing dream team, collectively responsible for dozens of award-winning, game-changing books (see "About Us," below.) If this campaign succeeds, together we will explore the relationship between food and memory, as we cook those dishes for her, and see what recollections they provoke.

Wolfert never achieved the fame of peers like Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. But her life story is too good to forget. Often working below the radar, she changed the way America eats. Known as the Queen of the Mediterranean, she wrote nine seminal books on the region over her 50-year career, publishing her latest, The Foods of Morocco, in 2009. For five decades she championed authentic regional cooking and its components—whole foods, foraged greens, meats cooked in animal fat—way ahead of their time. Her determination made her a hero to some of our most influential chefs, like Mario Batali, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Alice Waters.

Three years ago, Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She took on dementia the same way she researched her cookbooks: She dove into research. She discovered a study which showed how diet and other lifestyle changes could partially reverse cognitive decline in early-onset Alzheimer’s patients. She has turned to food as medicine. And she is seeing real results. Today, she says, she feels better than she has in years. And she has raced to share her new approach. The past two years, she has spoken at venues like City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco, and embraced television coverage from CBS and PBS. This spring she traveled to Washington, D.C. with the Alzheimer's Association as an early-stage advisor, to lobby Congress.

We want to offer her life as a model for how to live boldly with a terrible disease, and how to take on dementia with humor and compassion. We want to share her ideas for what she calls "the worriers and the warriors": Those nervous about the possibility of a diagnosis for themselves or their loved ones, and those already bravely coping with one.

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1943, New Jersey: Enjoying the day at the local Victory Garden with her grandmother Pavlina Granich.
1943, New Jersey: Enjoying the day at the local Victory Garden with her grandmother Pavlina Granich.

Born in Brooklyn in 1938, Wolfert yearned to explore undiscovered territory her entire life. Her own family didn't care much about dining well. But in the 1940s she experienced the power and pleasures of good food made with fresh ingredients, when she went to live for a year with her Balkan grandmother (pictured above.)

In the 1950s, Wolfert spent her teens and twenties rubbing shoulders with Beat Generation writers in New York like Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac (who told her she had great legs). She learned to cook under two culinary luminaries, Dione Lucas and James Beard, and even spent a summer as a line cook. In 1959, she and her first husband, Michael Wolfert, moved abroad, to Tangier and Paris.

1973, Morocco: Paula shops at a market outside Tangier.
1973, Morocco: Paula shops at a market outside Tangier.

By 1969, her life had changed dramatically. She was living in New York and struggling just to get by. She turned to food. By 1971 she won her first book contract, to write her first book on Moroccan cooking.

1978, Southwest France: In the kitchen with Michelin-star chef Andre Daguin.
1978, Southwest France: In the kitchen with Michelin-star chef Andre Daguin.

She never stopped exploring. Fearless and intrepid, like a culinary Indiana Jones she lived to uncover undiscovered territory. In the 1970s and 80s, she spent five years in Southwest France, conspiring with star chef André Daguin (above) and his compatriots to record the recipes and techniques of their region. The resulting book, The Cooking of Southwest France, introduced Americans to the splendors of confit, cassoulet, and much more. In the 1990s Wolfert spent her fifties discovering cooks in the mountains and plains of central Asia, and learning to forage with peasant women in Southern Europe and Turkey.

1996, Turkey: Just outside Gaziantep, a local woman teaches Paula to forage for their lunch.
1996, Turkey: Just outside Gaziantep, a local woman teaches Paula to forage for their lunch.

Among the many elements that set her books apart, Wolfert takes an exceptionally immersive approach to her research. Where most cookbook authors might spend an afternoon with a good cook to learn a recipe, Wolfert moved in. She would spend weeks in a country, learned enough of the language to talk about the food, and often lived with a local family.  At various points in her career, she has been conversant in seven languages: French, Arabic, Spanish, Georgian, Serbian, Greek, and one language you've probably never heard of, called Tanjaoui (a mix of French, Arabic and Spanish, spoken by residents of Tangiers.)

Morocco, France, Greece, Spain, Georgia, Turkey, Dagestan, Sicily, Puglia, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia: name a land and she found a lifelong friend, a guide to the region's best recipes. She once told me: “In every country I have one woman who’s helped me for some reason. I don’t know what I do. I kiss them on each cheek and touch my heart! I like to move in on the couch and get all the details.”

The recipes 

We will cull through Wolfert's nine books and hundreds of magazine articles to deliver 50 of her most bold-flavored dishes. Highlights include:

  • Grilled pork skewers in a tangy-sweet marinade of pomegranate molasses and dill, a dish from the Caucasus mountains of Central Asia
  • Creamy avocado toasts, adapted from a dish by iconic Spanish chef Ferran Adrià
  • Shrimp suquet, a kind of Catalonian stir fry, with ground almonds and a savory hit of cognac.

Wolfert's recipes are like no other—each is a new discovery, yielding incredible flavors, often using unusual techniques and ingredients, often with an incredible backstory. Sometimes they're really hard. But this book will focus on her most accessible dishes. Some may also be good for your mind, in line with her new brain-centric diet, which emphasizes healthy meats and fresh vegetables. The recipes will include something for everyone, whether paleo, vegan, omnivore, or gluten-free. 

Production 

The book will offer a visual journey through Paula's many adventures around the Mediterranean. It will be about 300 pages long. It will measure roughly 8" wide and 9" tall to match the trim size of most of Wolfert's other books. 

If you have collected all of her titles, this work will look right at home on your shelf. If you don’t own any of her books, this title will offer an intimate yet immersive look at her life and work. 

It will also feel good in the hand, whether you curl up with it in your favorite chair or splatter its pages as you cook with it in the kitchen.

Timeline 

The book will be released in the spring of 2017. 

Why so far off? Cookbooks and nonfiction books typically take a minimum of 18 months to put together well. After 10 months of research, reporting and photography, the book will take another 8 months to be designed, edited, printed and distributed. We are fast tracking this but we also want to take time to produce a quality publication.

Why $45,000?

That’s a big number. But it only covers the costs to produce and distribute 1500 copies, or $30 a book.

Where is the money going? The bulk of the money will go to printing and distribution. The rest will be divided between research and writing, recipe testing, photography, design, editing, fact-checking, copy-editing, and indexing. 

Everyone is working at a cut rate, volunteering time and expertise to keep the budget as low as possible. Wolfert is also volunteering her story and recipes as one of her efforts to fight Alzheimer's.

Stretch goals

We have been stunned and thrilled at the strong response to this campaign. 81% funded by 400 backers in just three days! Truly unforgettable. So with your help, we are now aiming to raise $80,000, which will allow us to double our print run to 3000 copies. If we are able to sell additional books beyond the Kickstarter, we want to donate a meaningful portion of their proceeds to Alzheimer’s support and research.

About our T-shirt

To celebrate the power of cookbooks, lasting food memories and Paula Wolfert's contributions to American culinary history, our book designer, Toni Tajima (see below) has designed this ingenious shirt. Instead of the British crown, it features a clay tagine, the iconic Moroccan clay pot that Paula introduced to American cooks with her first book. The same design is also available on our sturdy, stain-resistant apron.

About us

Emily Kaiser Thelin is a writer and editor based in Berkeley, California, a former restaurant cook and a two-time James Beard finalist. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Oprah, among other publications. For four years she was an editor at Food & Wine magazine, where she oversaw Wolfert's Master Cook column. "I’ve wanted to write Paula's biography since we traveled together to Morocco, when she told me the extraordinary circumstances that led her to write her first book on Moroccan food," she says. Thelin was one of the first people Wolfert told about her diagnosis, and the first to write about it, in a feature for the Washington Post. To learn more about Emily, you can visit emilythelin.com.

Eric Wolfinger is a San Francisco-based photographer and former restaurant cook who brings a chef’s eye to his exceptional images. He has photographed such award-winning cookbooks as Corey Lee’s Benu, David Kinch’s Manresa, Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune, and Chad Robertson’s Tartine Bread Book. Eric oversees the photography and videography for this book. "I wanted to do this because I love her food, and because I admire her immersive approach to her work. I can relate to it. After cooking through a fair number of her recipes, I've learned to trust where she takes me, no matter how crazy it sounds. I'm also doing this to honor my grandmother, who had Alzheimer's." You can find more about Eric at ericwolfinger.com.

Toni Tajima has designed dozens of visually groundbreaking books as an art director at Ten Speed Press for nearly two decades before recently going freelance. Her countless innovative works include the cookbooks Pok Pok, Manresa, and Heidi Swanson's Super Natural series. Toni will art direct and design Unforgettable. "When I was approached to contribute to this project, I jumped at the chance," Toni says. "The opportunity to work with a culinary icon like Paula is incentive enough. To illuminate the challenges of a vibrant mind facing Alzheimer’s, I knew it would be nothing short of inspiring." You can explore more of Toni's inspiring work at tonitajimadesign.com.

Andrea Nguyen is the Paula Wolfert of Asian cookery. Based in Northern California, she continues to build a critically-acclaimed library of authoritative books on the foods of Asia. From her first, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, to her latest, The Banh Mi Handbook, her work is widely admired by food cognoscenti for her exhaustive research and her commitment to authenticity and accessibility. Andrea will be my right hand on this project, as project manager, co-recipe tester and sounding board. “Writers like me exist because of people like Paula,” Andrea says. “She welcomed traditional cooks from around the world to the American table. This book is a rare chance for a close look at her amazing life and can-do spirit. And the recipes? They’re all keepers.” You can follow Andrea's culinary adventures at vietworldkitchen.com.

Risks and challenges

Writing a biographical cookbook about a woman diagnosed with memory loss has one major challenge: How long will Paula’s memories hold out for us to record them?

Over the last six years, Wolfert and Thelin have already conducted over 20 hours of interviews. Wolfert has been told by her doctors that her form of dementia should not have as much effect on her long-term memories. It’s also typically slow to progress. Wolfert is also doing all she can to keep her faculties sharp.

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    JOIN THE MEMORY CLUB: Help us publish this book, and stay updated on our progress with regular (but not too frequent!) emails. Plus, enjoy a postcard with a recipe from the book.

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    AN UNFORGETTABLY GOOD SALMON RECIPE:

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    DAVID KINCH'S PAULA WOLFERT PLAYLIST:

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    OLEANA GIFT SET:

    From the acclaimed Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Oleana in Cambridge, Paula Wolfert mentee Ana Sortun has curated this intimate gift set in Wolfert’s honor. A small Moroccan bread basket holds a spice spoon, a small bag of Oleana’s Moroccan La Kama spice blend (a recipe the restaurant adapted from Paula Wolfert) plus a recipe card for chicken buried in vermicelli, a Sortun dish that incorporates the blend.

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    THE MANRESA GIFT SET

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    THE RANCHO GORDO GIFT SET:

    • Courtesy of Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo New World Specialty Food, a gorgeous handmade and hand-burnished 3 1/2 quart bean pot ($80 value), made from local clay in Los Reyes Metzontle in Puebla, MX.
    • One of Sando’s favorite Paula Wolfert bean recipes
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    Plus our $50 package:
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    BE REMEMBERED IN PRINT, GIFT SET NO. 1:

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    PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION:

    One 30-minute Skype conversation about our respective fields with one of the three of us (you pick which one):

    • Emily Kaiser Thelin on food writing
    • Eric Wolfinger on food photography
    • Andrea Nguyen on food blogging

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    • A bookplate signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin
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    BE REMEMBERED AT OTTO:

    Courtesy of Mario Batali, dinner for 2 at the cozy and welcoming OTTO Enoteca and Pizzeria in New York. Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also receive our $250 BE REMEMBERED package:
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    • Their names listed in the Acknowledgments section of the book
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    BE REMEMBERED AT OLEANA:

    Compliments of Paula Wolfert acolyte Ana Sortun, dinner for 2 at one of the best Eastern Mediterranean restaurants in the country, her award-winning Oleana in Cambridge. Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also receive:

    • 2 first-edition copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • Their name listed in the Acknowledgments section of the book
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    A THAI DINNER FOR 2 AT KIN KHAO

    Courtesy of Francophile and Paula Wolfert admirer Pim Techamuanvivit, dinner for 2 at Kin Khao, her thrilling Thai restaurant in San Francisco. Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also receive our $250 BE REMEMBERED IN PRINT package:

    • 2 first-edition copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • Their names listed in the Acknowledgments section of the book
    • 2 bookplates signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin.

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    BE REMEMBERED AT THE NORTH END GRILL:

    Courtesy of chef Eric Korsh and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, a Paula Wolfert-inspired three-course dinner for 2 at the chef’s counter at the acclaimed NYC restaurant. Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also both receive our $250 BE REMEMBERED IN PRINT package:

    • Two first-edition copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • Their names hailed in the Acknowledgements section of the book
    • Two bookplates signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin

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    ASK PAULA ANYTHING:

    One 30-minute Skype conversation with the legend herself, Paula Wolfert.

    PLUS:
    • One first-edition copy of Unforgettable
    • A bookplate signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin
    • Your name hailed in the Acknowledgements section of the book

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    BE REMEMBERED AT MOURAD:

    Courtesy of chef Mourad Lahlou, whom Paula Wolfert calls the most forward-thinking Moroccan chef in or out of Morocco, dinner at his stunning new modern Morocco-California restaurant in downtown San Francisco.

    Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also receive our $250 BE REMEMBERED IN PRINT package:
    • Two copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • Their names in the Acknowledgments section of the book
    • Two bookplates signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin

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    A FESTIVE DINNER FOR 4 AT ALTA CA

    Dinner for 4 at Daniel Patterson’s dynamic new mid-Market San Francisco restaurant.
    Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also receive:
    • 4 first-edition copies of UNFORGETTABLE, with the lead backer's name hailed in the Acknowledgements section of the book
    • 4 bookplates signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin.

    Dinner includes 1 beverage pairing per person, tax and tip. Travel + lodging not included.

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    BE REMEMBERED AT DELFINA or LOCANDA:

    Dinner for 4 at either of Craig Stoll’s exceptional Italophile restaurants in San Francisco.

    Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also receive:
    • Four copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • The lead backer’s name in the Acknowledgments section of the book
    • Four bookplates signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin

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    A MEMORABLE DINNER FOR SIX AT HAWKER FARE

    Treat five friends to a one-night trip to Thailand at James Syhabout's memorably delicious street food restaurant, at either its Oakland or San Francisco outposts.

    Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, diners will also receive:
    • Six copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • The lead backer’s name in the Acknowledgments section of the book
    • Six bookplates signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin

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    CHOOSE YOUR MEMORIES:

    Spend a day at Eric Wolfinger's side as he develops the creative edit for Unforgettable at his San Francisco studio. He'll walk you through the process, cook you lunch, and when the book comes out you'll get a first-edition copy of Unforgettable, with your name hailed in the Acknowledgements section of the book, and a bookplate signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin. Travel + lodging costs not included.

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    AN UNFORGETTABLE DINNER AND KITCHEN TOUR FOR 2 AT PER SE

    Courtesy of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, enjoy a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour and dinner for two at the New York restaurant of Paula Wolfert admirer chef Thomas Keller.

    Upon publication of the book in March 2017, diners will also receive our $250 BE REMEMBERED IN PRINT package:
    • Two copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • Their names hailed in the acknowledgments
    • Two bookplates signed by Emily Kaiser Thelin and Paula Wolfert

    Dinner includes food, wine accompaniment, tax and service. Travel + lodging not included.

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    AN UNFORGETTABLY FUN NIGHT AT ZUNI

    Courtesy of Zuni's Gilbert Pilgram and chef Rebecca Boice in San Francisco, for you or the food lover in your life, your evening starts with:
    • A one-on-one lesson in the Zuni kitchen with Rebecca herself, on how to make Zuni’s iconic Caesar salad
    • A golden ticket to their “nightly launch,” when the cooks present the waitstaff with the evening’s menu for tasting
    • And ends with dinner for 2 at Zuni

    Upon publication of the book in March 2017, diners will also receive our $250 BE REMEMBERED IN PRINT package:
    • Two copies of UNFORGETTABLE
    • Their names hailed in the acknowledgments
    • Two bookplates signed by Emily Kaiser Thelin and Paula Wolfert
    Please note the lesson and tasting are for 1 person, the dinner for 2.

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    A PRIVATE COOKING CLASS FOR 5 WITH APRIL BLOOMFIELD

    An intimate cooking class for 5 on the exclusive third floor of the Spotted Pig in NYC. April Bloomfield will demo and serve a Paula Wolfert-inspired dish. Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, each of the 5 participants will also receive:
    • 1 first-edition copy of UNFORGETTABLE
    • Their name listed in the Acknowledgments section of the book
    • 1 bookplate signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin.

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    A WEEKEND OF NEW ORLEANS MEMORIES

    Courtesy of NOLA-based photographer (and Paula Wolfert fan) Stephen Young, an unforgettable solo getaway: Two nights at the Chimes bed & breakfast, plus lunch for Stephen and the guest at James Beard winner Shaya, dinner at Carrollton Market, and a full day of Young’s concierge services to any number of behind-the-scenes NOLA escapades. Details and photos at http://www.jstephenyoung.com/unforgettable

    Upon publication of the book in the spring of 2017, the traveler will also receive our $250 BE REMEMBERED IN PRINT package:
    • One copy of UNFORGETTABLE
    • His or her name in the Acknowledgments section of the book
    • A bookplate signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin

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    UNFORGETTABLE CLAY POT FEAST:

    Courtesy of genius chef Kyle Connaughton, an incredible dinner and cooking class for 6 at his Single Thread Restaurant-Farm-Inn in Healdsburg, slated to open this fall. The former chef of R&D for the Fat Duck, Connaughton is also co-author of the forthcoming Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking. In the afternoon, guests will start at the restaurant farm and kitchen, for a hands-on class on how to prep the dishes and work with Japanese donabe clay pots. The party will then sit down for a leisurely, multi-course feast designed in homage to Paula Wolfert.
    after dinner, they will each take home a signed copy of Connaughton's new book. Upon publication of our book in 2017, they will also receive:
    • 6 copies of UNFORGETTABLE with the lead backer’s name in the Acknowledgements section of the book
    • 6 bookplates signed by Paula Wolfert and Emily Kaiser Thelin

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    DINE WITH US:

    A leisurely weekend lunch for four with Paula Wolfert, Emily Kaiser Thelin, Eric Wolfinger and Andrea Nguyen at a mutually agreeable restaurant TBD in the Sonoma or San Francisco Bay area. When the book comes out, the four of you will each get one signed first-edition copy of Unforgettable. The lead backer's name will be hailed in the Acknowledgements section of the book. Travel + lodging not included.

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    MEMORY OF A LIFETIME:

    Spend a day with us during one of our photo shoots at Paula Wolfert's Sonoma home, when we'll cook a half-dozen of her most memorable dishes and see what memories they provoke. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch from the dishes we make. When the book comes out, you'll receive one signed first-edition copy of the book with your name hailed at length in the Acknowledgements section of the book. Travel + lodging not included.

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