The Niesztchian line "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger," is often deployed carelessly, but when Mother's Bistro's Lisa Schroeder uses it to describe a lifetime of determination and endurance on the latest episode of the Right at the Fork, it lands.
The interview is Schroeder's first since the loss of her daughter, Stephanie, in a sudden hiking accident last May.
Over the course of an hour, Schroder talks about epiphanies—including the one at Burning Man a few years ago that inspired her to mend her relationship with Stephanie—leaving an abusive husband for a lifetime of single momming, trying to talk cooks out of working at a kitchen where "every French fry counts," and compartmentalizing her life so that she can grieve, be there for her grandkids, and feed thousands of locals and visitors every week.
Give it a listen. And pair it with some tissues.
And if you're a burner, keep your eyes peeled for Schroder the next time you stroll the playa. When she attends the desert festival, she doles out advice from her "Jewish Mother's booth."
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