My mother often tells me about how she came to America with nothing but the clothes on her back, some cookware, and a three-month-old baby (me). This wooden slab and rolling pin were crafted by my grandmother and given to my parents as a wedding gift. It is used to make roti and naan, staples in a normal Bengali diet. Numerous dinners have been created on this simple slab since I was a child. It was also a source of bonding for me and my mother when she taught me how to roll out dough softly enough so that it doesn't rip. The rolling pins have been worn down through constant use, but the wood is as sturdy as the day it was made.
– Anika Husain