If you’re a cookbook lover worth your salt, then you probably own a cookbook by Paula Wolfert. The author of dozens of titles, Wolfert is a pioneer in the culinary world, responsible for introducing confit, cassoulet, preserved lemons, and Moroccan tagines, to American cooks. Dubbed “a culinary Indiana Jones,” her work has been inspirational to modern cookbook superstars like Yotam Ottolenghi, Mario Batali, and Alice Waters.
Three years ago, Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Rather than succumb to this devastating diagnosis, she’s turning to what she knows best—cooking—to help her deal with the disease. With the help of her friend, food writer Emily Thelin, Wolfert is going back over all of her old recipes and cookbooks, using them as memory markers of her truly incredible life. What’s more, she’s trying her hand at new recipes that are geared specifically towards brain health.
The team has created a Kickstarter project to turn this journey into a cookbook
—a culinary biography of a food world legend, and a manual of how to live passionately with a terrible disease. The cookbook will focus on the connection between food and memory while sharing with readers fifty accessible recipes, many of which will be consistent with Wolfert’s newly adopted brain-healthy diet. Having already reached their original $45,000 goal, Wolfert and Thelin are looking to raise an additional $35,000 to double the number of cookbooks that they are able to print.
As Kickstarter alums ourselves, this project immediately spoke to us. We hope it does to you as well.