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Stephen Yafa

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Stephen Yafa
BornUnited States
OccupationScreenwriter, journalist
Alma materDartmouth College, Carnegie-Mellon University
SpouseBonnie Dahan

Stephen Yafa is an American screenwriter, author, and speaker.[1] He was noted for his 1968 screenplay, Paxton Quigley's Had the Course,[2] which was also a Writers Guild of America award-winning novel.[3] The film was renamed "Three in the Attic."[4][5] Reviews were not good,[6] and Variety noted that Yafa disowned the picture.[7] Yafa co-wrote the screenplay for the 1971 film, Summertree, with Edward Hume, based on the successful Ron Cowen play.[8][9]

Yafa is also known for his first non-fiction book, Big Cotton, published by Viking in 2005,[10][11][12] and republished as Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber by Penguin in 2006. He was interviewed about the book on Illinois Public Radio.[13] His most recent book is Grain of Truth: Why Eating Wheat Can Improve Your Health.[14][15][16]


Yafa is a graduate of Dartmouth College, with an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon.[1][17]

Career and reception[edit]

Other writing by Yafa includes articles on wine,[18][19] a book chapter on wine's origin,[20][21] and an article on child trafficking.[22] Yafa's Big Cotton was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle: "Yafa chronicles everything from the domestication of cotton 5,550 years ago in Asia, Africa and South America to the rise of denim, the most American of fabrics, and today's controversial bioengineering."[23][24]

In 2005, calling his label “Segue” to reflect a transition from wine lover and writer to commercial winemaker,[25] Yafa began making Pinot Noir wine professionally on a small scale.[26] He produced 50 cases in 2005.[27] In 2007 he produced 150 cases, which were rated "Decent" by Prince of Pinot in 2009.[28] In 2007, Wines & Vines magazine published a 3-part series Yafa wrote about his experiences, called "Going Pro."[29][30][31]

In From No-knead to Sourdough Victoria Miller called Grain of Truth one of the best books on Gluten.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Yafa is married to Bonnie Dahan,[33] with three grown children, and lives in Marin County, California.[1][17] Yafa was motivated to investigate and write about wheat and gluten after his wife was diagnosed with a "gluten neck," and he now promotes slow-fermented or homemade bread.[34][33][35]

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  1. ^ a b c "Author Stephen Yafa Speaks! | Austin Fiber Artists". 2020-02-11. Archived from the original on 2020-02-11. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  2. ^ The New York Times Book Review. New York Times Company. 1968.
  3. ^ McGee, Mark (1996). Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures. McFarland. p. 261.
  4. ^ MOVIE CALL SHEET: 'Chelsea Flat' for Joanna Martin, Betty. Los Angeles, Calif. 24 Nov 1967. pp. e25.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ Adler, Renata (1969-02-27). "Screen: '3 in the Attic':'Queen of Blood' Also Makes Local Bow". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Three in the Attic movie review (1968) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  7. ^ "Variety Reviews - Three in the Attic - Film Reviews - - Review by Variety Staff". 2012-11-14. Archived from the original on 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  8. ^ "Ron Cowen - complete guide to the Playwright, Plays, Theatres, Agent". Doollee.com. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  9. ^ "Movie Review - Summertree - Newley's 'Summertree' Opens:Hume and Yafa Work Revisits the 40's Death of a Serviceman Fixes the Action - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. 2016-03-10. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  10. ^ Bennett, Elizabeth; Chronicle, Copyright 2005 Houston (2005-02-06). "'Big Cotton: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, and Put America on the Map' by Stephen Yafa". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-02-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "[Big Cotton] and [Vanilla] | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  12. ^ "BIG COTTON: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations and Put America on the Map". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  14. ^ "Review: The Gluten Wars". Time. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  15. ^ "Gluten-free Glutton: Finally, two books debunk the gluten-free fad diet | jacksonville.com". 2016-03-15. Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  16. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Grain of Truth: The Real Case for and Against Wheat and Gluten by Stephen Yafa. Penguin/Hudson Street, $25.95 (272p) ISBN 978-1-59463-249-5". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  17. ^ a b "Bio". Stephen Yafa. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  18. ^ Yafa, Stephen; Chronicle, Special to the (2004-11-04). "Two-tank garages / Micro-sized, owner-operated wineries punch more than their weight with critics and fans". SFGate. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  19. ^ Yafa, Stephen; Chronicle, Special to The (2006-05-11). "SOMMELIER SECRETS: How to tame the terror of ordering wine at a posh restaurant". SFGate. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  20. ^ Elkjer, Thom (2002-04-06). "Adventures in Wine". Travelers' Tales. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  21. ^ Elkjer, Thom (2002). Adventures in Wine: True Stories of Vineyards and Vintages Around the World. Travelers' Tales. ISBN 978-1-885211-80-4.
  22. ^ "Rani Hong was a victim of child trafficking. Now she's a leader in the fight to end it". Christian Science Monitor. 2014-05-15. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  23. ^ "OUR EDITORS RECOMMEND". SFGate. 2005-01-09. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  24. ^ Villalon, Oscar; Editor, Chronicle Book (2005-12-18). "Best books in a year of war, anxiety". SFGate. Retrieved 2020-02-15. {{cite web}}: |last2= has generic name (help)
  25. ^ "Going Pro: The Segue Story - Segue Pinot Noir". 2008-03-05. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  26. ^ Gaffney, William "Rusty", M.D. "Segue Cellars". www.princeofpinot.com. Retrieved 2020-02-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  27. ^ "Segue Pinot Noir | The PinotFile: Volume 6, Issue 13". www.princeofpinot.com. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  28. ^ "2009 Pinot Noir Summit | The PinotFile: Volume 7, Issue 16". www.princeofpinot.com. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  29. ^ "Wines & Vines - Features - Going Pro: A Mid-Life Segue". 2008-03-06. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  30. ^ "Wines & Vines - Features - Going Pro: The Blend". 2008-03-06. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  31. ^ "Wines & Vines - Features - Going Pro: The Sales Call". 2007-08-19. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2020-02-15.
  32. ^ Miller, Victoria Redhed (2018-06-26). From No-knead to Sourdough: A Simpler Approach to Handmade Bread. New Society Publishers. ISBN 978-1-77142-271-0.
  33. ^ a b Carstensen, Melinda (2015-05-26). "Against the grain: When not to go on a gluten-free diet". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  34. ^ "La crociata dei "gluten free"". www.ilfoglio.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  35. ^ "Marin artisans join others at annual American Craft Show". Marin Independent Journal. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2020-02-12.

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