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Local Organic Grain & Flour Sources

Heirloom wheat grain varieties, some ancient, sometimes show up on grocery store shelves, but rarely are those products locally grown. These regional producers offer a fresh alternative. Websites are listed for mills that sell flour directly to consumers. New England: Maine Grains, located at Somerset Grist Mill—a former county jail—stone-grounds locally grown and sourced, non-pesticide […]

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Final Five Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread Recipe

I’ve always been something of an improviser around the kitchen, tossing in a smidgen of this herb or that spice by the measurement of my palm, more or less equal to a teaspoon when cupped and expanding to a tablespoon when opened. That works fine for soup ingredients and such, but not for bread, whose […]

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COTTON

The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber Whether you’re eating ice cream, changing diapers, handling paper money, polishing fingernails, reading a book, or getting dressed for the day you’re using cotton. At any given time everyone on earth is wearing or using something made with cotton. In BIG COTTON: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber author […]

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Meal or menace? No controversy in nutrition is bigger than wheat.

First Wheat Belly came along to tell us the grain was a one-way ticket to obesity, diabetes and chronic illness. Then Grain Brain chimed in by proclaiming wheat responsible for early Alzheimer’s Disease and a host of other mental disorders. These mega-sellers paint wheat as the new asbestos. But the story they neglect to tell […]

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Nuts Among The Berries

Scouting the history of American food fads for Grain of Truth to put the current gluten-free epidemic into perspective, I came across Nuts Among The Berries by Ronald M. Deutsch, self-published in 1977. Its subtitle captures the spirit of the book: “How Nutrition Nonsense Captured America.” Deutsch’s nuts are the looney birds. in his view, […]

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NBC Drives NASCAR Super Bowl Gluten Spoof Into a Ditch

“When our idea of danger is eating gluten, there’s trouble afoot,” Nick Offerman ( Ron Swanson on”Parks and Recreation”) proclaims in his best drill-sergeant snarl, standing before a large American flag .“Yes, we the people have gotten soft.” That’s his message. We should eat exhaust pipes not omelets for breakfast, wash’em down with rust remover […]

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What’s Up With Wheat & Gluten? Facts Vs. Myths

Many of you by now have probably seen the classic Jimmy Kimmel Show segment from last year. His Woman-On-The Street Interviewer asks young Los Angeles gym goers if they’re on a gluten-free diet. When they say they are ( as many do), she asks them ““What is gluten?” “This is sad,” responds the first young […]

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Events

Oliveto Commons Event at Oliveto Restaurant and Cafe, Oakland

In addition serving fabulous Italian food at landmark Oliveto in Oakland, Bob Klein now hosts a new series, Oliveto Commons, every few months. This gathering is his way of reaching out to offer vibrant, inclusive, and real food experiences that take an audience inside the process as active participants. I’m honored to be chosen as […]

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Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco

What’s good for you in a loaf of bread? These days if it’s hard to remember, you’re not alone. Wheat is Satan’s spawn—or so say the hordes of anti-gluten warriors. But for the most part they’ve got it all wrong—as Grain of Truth reveals. Whole wheat among other grains prolongs your lifespan and fights back […]

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Book Read and Signing, Kramerbooks, Washington, D.C.

I’ll be reading from Grain of Truth, signing copies, and listening with both ears to the special guest I’ve invited to join me at Kramerbooks for the event, Mark Furstenberg. Mark is DC’s premier baker at Bread Furst. I’ll talk about separating fact from fad about gluten, and delve into the health benefits of sourdough […]

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Book Depot, Mill Valley, CA 8 PM

My home town, and one of my favorite bookstores and hangouts.–a perfect combination. I’ll be reading from Grain of Truth. I set off to find out if wheat is Satan’s spawn, as billed, when my wife, Bonnie, announces that she had a gluten neck, What happens after that? You’ll hear about my adventures and have […]

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Two hundred buck chuck

Wealthy wine collectors will empty their pockets for some of California’s most sought-after cabernets. But are hype and clever marketing all that distinguish a $500 wine from a $25 one? STEPHEN YAFA When you find a wine you truly love under 20 bucks you should bow down and give thanks to the gods. Few of […]

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Stephen Yafa, Author and Speaker

Author Stephen Yafa, who lives in Mill Valley, California, has written, produced and directed in a wide range of formats. Grain of Truth follows Cotton, his first non-fiction book. A wine producer of Pinot Noir in the Russian River region of West Sonoma, he writes on wine for the San Francisco Chronicle and  other publications. He created and edited the […]

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