Jen Karetnick Jen Karetnick is an award-winning food, travel, and lifestyle writer, critic, recipe developer, and appliance tester with 3 decades of experience. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.