About The Team

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 also wanted to honor my grandmother, who had Alzheimer's." You can find more about Eric at ericwolfinger.com.

art director

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 PokManresa, 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.

Project Manager

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 acted as majordomo on the project, as editor and project manager. “Writers like me exist because of people like Paula,” Andrea says. “She welcomed traditional cooks from around the world to the American table. Working on this book provided 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.