Some men have a midlife crisis and buy a sports car. Bill Buford had a midlife crisis and ran into the kitchen. Not just any kitchen, but the wild, flaming, hellish heaven of the kitchen of superstar chef Mario Batali, and into the madness and romance of extreme Italian cooking.
Bill Buford is one of the country's top writers and editors, a star himself at the New Yorker. Now, he made himself a kitchen slave - slicing and dicing and grunting and sweating for the glory of half-crazed five star cuisine. First in Manhattan and then into the hills and butcher blocks of Italy itself.
Hear about extremely good writer Bill Buford's extreme midlife plunge into the heat of the Italian kitchen.
Bill Buford, staff writer of The New Yorker and author of "Heat."
This program aired on June 16, 2006.