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Food & Memory
Join us for a conversation with writer Emily Kaiser Thelin on memory, cooking and ageism in the culinary world. We will discuss Unforgettable, Thelin’s biographical cookbook which explores the relationship between memory and food. The biography recounts the career of Paula Wolfert, , the famous cookbook author and chef, who brought well-known dishes, tools and spices into American kitchens for the first time: things like cassoulet, tagines and aleppo pepper. When Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, Thelin knew she had to get the word out about Paula’s tremendous life story and culinary contributions.
Join us on May 28th to hear about the process of writing the book, the tips that Thelin compiled on how to cook with and remember alongside someone affected by Alzheimer’s and the not-so-great way that our society responds to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
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.