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Indigenous Cuisine Is Being Served in the Back of a Berkeley Bookstore

When Europeans first arrived in California, they met Native Americans who enjoyed one of the most varied diets in the Americas. The staples of corn, beans, and squash had never crossed the deserts from Mexico and the inland Southwest, but other edible plants flourished in the mild coastal climate. A dense network of tribes lived on acorns, piƱon nuts, wild vegetables, seafood, and game.


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