Wall Street Journal reporter Charlotte Druckman recently hung out with John Turturro and his wife Katherine Borowitz in their Park Slope brownstone, where they chatted about Italian food as he cooked for everybody. Nice work if you can get it! The feature includes Turturro's twist on a simple recipe for Spaghetti Al Pomodoro Crudo, which he makes with fresh ingredients from the Park Slope Food Co-Op. During the dinner, Turturro explains how he learned to cook:

It wasn't until I had a girlfriend that I learned to cook. She said, "Listen, you've got to start washing the dishes and learning to do some things if you want to get into bed with me." I could make a little aglio e olio [pasta with garlic and olive oil]. But she taught me how to cook with a wok and make meatloaf, which I actually like.

Turturro's latest film, a musical documentary about Naples called "Passione," is currently screening at Film Forum, and this fall he'll be directing Borowitz, Steve Guttenberg, The Simpsons' Julie Kavner and others in Relatively Speaking, a triple bill of comedies by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May. Eight-year-olds, dude.