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Embers on the Wind is Lisa Williamson Rosenberg’s latest work of fiction. Tackling the interwoven stories of many generations of black women, Rosenberg spins a tale of complex emotion, especially regarding heritage.
The book is told from many points of view, which may confuse some readers. However, if you are generally a fast reader, you shouldn’t have any issues following how the characters are connected.
The tone and style of the novel reminded me of Toni Morrison or Alice Walker. And Rosenberg echoed those authors in raising questions about heritage, race, identity and more. (A large portion of the novel takes place at a house once used by the Underground Railroad).
Embers on the Wind is a novel chosen through Book Club Bites’ collaboration with The Best of Women’s Fiction podcast. Don’t forget to check out the fabulous Best of Women’s Fiction podcast where Lisa Williamson Rosenberg discusses Embers on the Wind and more: HERE.
Lisa Williamson Rosenberg has a special recipe for you! Her curried sheet pan root vegetables are inspired by the root cellar in the novel.
This easy dish could be a great vegetarian dinner. With tons of flavor from rich spices, these vegetables are anything but boring. So if you are looking for ideas to spice up your root vegetables with an easy twist (and more), keep reading!
For Embers on the Wind Food Ideas:
Lisa Williamson Rosenberg was kind enough to provide us with a recipe that she loves.
Her curried sheet pan root vegetables echoes the themes found in the novel. The dish is particularly reminiscent of the root cellar that plays such a large role in the novel.
A few tips on making Curried Sheet Pan Root Vegetables:
Here are a few tips to help make your cooking experience the best it can be!
- You can use any fall or winter vegetables in this dish, if you like. Tougher vegetables like butternut squash will require longer cooking time.
- This is a great vegetarian dish, but if you are serving as a side, consider serving alongside rotisserie chicken or pork tenderloin.
- Chop all of your vegetables in similar size to ensure they cook evenly.
Whether you choose something from this list or try your own option, I hope these ideas will get your creative juices flowing to host your book club for Embers on the Wind.
Curried Sheet Pan Root Vegetables Recipe:
Curried Sheet Pan Root Vegetables
- 2 large carrots thickly sliced or cut into large sticks
- 1 large parsnip thickly sliced or cut into large sticks
- 2 large sweet potatoes peeled, chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 2 large white potatoes peeled, chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 1 red onion cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 Tbs slivered almonds optional
- 1 15 oz can rinsed drained chickpeas optional if you want a protein-packed main course
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbs whole Cumin Seed
- 1 Tbs whole yellow Mustard Seed
- 1 Tbs Turmeric
- 1 Tbs lime juice
- 1 tsp ginger
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp hot smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover sheet pan with parchment, or lightly coat with more olive oil.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. My favorite bowl has a glass cover and I shake everything to coat all the vegetables.
- Spread all ingredients out evenly in the sheet pan.
- Bake until white potatoes are browning on the edges and vegetables begin to soften, about 35 minutes depending on your oven.*
More Fun from Lisa Williamson Rosenberg:
Please insert a short description of your recipe and why it relates to your novel. Include any information you think readers would enjoy!
I love root vegetables, especially in the fall and the winter. This recipe is not exactly a true curry, but the combination of turmeric and hot smoked paprika is my absolute favorite. This recipe is so easy and makes a great winter side dish, or if you add a protein like chickpeas, a great one dish main course. You can play around with it, add Brussels sprouts or a head of cauliflower depending on your tastes. And how does the recipe relate to Embers on the Wind? A little secret is that the novel was originally called “Ashes in the Root Cellar,” after the place where freedom seekers hid on the grounds of Whittaker House. The root cellar of my father-in-law’s summer home, on which the novel is based, was a particularly eerie place. But its original purpose was the storage of root vegetables, like those in the recipe, to keep inhabitants fed and healthy through the bitter Massachusetts winters.
Good food and a good book go hand-in-hand. What is your favorite food to enjoy while reading?
Did you sample any interesting food while researching this book? Or experience anything exciting while researching?
I learned about the tradition of cornhusking, a harvest celebration–one of very few permitted by enslaved African Americans. The one who unhusked a “red” ear of corn would win a prize, usually in the form food or alcohol. There was singing and dancing, in addition to the shucking of corn.
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Don’t forget to check out the fabulous Best of Women’s Fiction podcast where Lisa Williamson Rosenberg discusses Embers on the Wind and more: HERE.
Until next time, Happy Reading!
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