This is a special bonus episode to Episode 002 - Charcuterie Board, A Story of Rejection, Defection, and Redemption.
When I interviewed Daniela, our original conversation was almost 2 hours long - and I still had things I wanted to ask about! Of the many things I was forced to cut, it seemed to great a shame not to share the background to the exquisite, Czech heirloom pieces Daniela gave me to photograph her recipes. She begins by telling us about her Czech grandmother, in whose china cabinet many of these antiques stood. She then goes on to describe the history and layers of meaning that make these antique pieces so valuable.
Part of the reason my conversation with Daniela was so long, is that a little way into our communication process, she told me she had written a memoir of her life! Daniela's powerful book provided a great deal of content for us to discuss, the vast majority of which we never even touched in our conversation. If you loved these episodes, as I did, I would encourage you to find and read On Both Sides of the Iron Curtain by Daniela Husnik Wilson.
Memories of Grandma's House
A vase from Grandma's house with layer upon layer of meaning
Fields of red poppies
A hand-stiched runner that was years in the making
A hand-written recipe book
China passed down from generation to generation over 150 years
The very risky superstition of "sibling cups"
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