A PLACE TO CALL HOME
By Ethan Payne
—John T. Edge, “Oaxaca Wreck”
John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, has served as an Oxford American food columnist since 1997; under the shingle “Local Fare,” he interrogates trends, profiles innovative figures, and upends assumptions (sometimes his own previous assumptions) with passion, style, and intelligence. In his latest column, “Oaxaca Wreck,” he writes about his injury in a car accident and the discovery that “I had not wholly embraced my hometown of Oxford or my place in it.”
For this video, filmmaker Ethan Payne interviewed Edge and Cynthia Gerlach, owner of Bottletree Bakery in Oxford, Mississippi, to discuss how the bakery fosters a sense of home in the community.