Writers in Residence: Basically Delicious with Jennifer Egan
Where can we look to find joy amidst the chaos of our present moment? The Writers in Residence at-home video series from the PEN America World Voices Festival gives readers a glimpse into leading writers’ interior lives and hidden talents beyond their writing desks. Whether cooking meals, crafting cocktails, strumming instruments, entertaining kids, or performing poetry in their living rooms, our writers-in-residence remind us of the little comforts of staying at home in a time of unprecedented dislocation.
Our final episode sends you off for the holiday with a crowd-pleasing recipe from PEN America President and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan. Egan takes her salad dressing seriously as she offers helpful food for thought with a basic recipe that can be adapted to suit any taste.
About Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and several others. Also a journalist, she has written frequently for The New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is the president of PEN America.