Sara Calvosa Olson

Sara Calvosa Olson (Karuk) is a food writer and editor living in the Bay Area with her husband and two teenage sons. Her work dwells at the intersection of storytelling, Indigenous food systems, security, sovereignty, reconnection, and recipe development. Reflecting an interest in both culturally sound and faithfully updated techniques using traditional Indigenous plants and animals, her cooking inspires a new look at the oldest foods in California. Visit her website at, and follow her on Instagram at @TheFrybreadRiot.

A Better Way to Forage Matsutake Mushrooms


“Xayviish has far more personality than any grocery-store mushroom,” writes Sara Calvosa Olson, a Karuk tribal member. “It’s a meaty but delicate time machine, whisking your spirit back to your gathering place.”