Paula Wolfert receives the 2018 JBF Lifetime Achievement Award

The Food of Morocco

Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the recipient of its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. This year the honor goes to Paula Wolfert, who has won numerous awards including three  Julia Child Awards, five James Beard Cookbook Awards, The M.F.K. Fisher Award, and The Tastemaker Award. She’s also been a finalist for the British Andre Simon Award. 

Wolfert’s many bestselling cookbooks include The Cooking of the Eastern MediterraneanThe Food of Morocco, and The Cooking of Southwest France. In 2008, the author was named to the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame. 

Most recently, Wolfert was the subject of an award-winning cookbook/biography, Unforgettable, by Emily Kaiser Thelin. The book tells the incredible story of Wolfert’s pioneering life and work. Wolfert was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease in 2013, and following her diagnosis, she decided to stop teaching and writing so she could to devote herself to Alzheimer’s activism. 

It’s difficult to imagine a more worthy recipient of this prestigious award, which is bestowed upon a person in the industry whose lifetime body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook, and think about food in America.

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  • lgroom  on  March 3, 2018

    Love, Love, Love!!!

  • CAMcooks  on  March 3, 2018

    I have this beautiful book. I use her recipe for preserved lemons all the time and always have them in my cupboard. My favorite recipe is the Lamb Tagine with olives and preserved lemons. I have made this for company many times and they always ask for the recipe. So happy to see her get this award.

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