I especially enjoyed Chef Tom Collichio's response to this week's $10 Family Meal Challenge:
Reading these blogs has been my routine before work on Thursdays. Ted Allen's and Tom's are probably my favorite, LeAnne's blog about behind the scenes action is really cool, and I love Harold's straight-talk. Just do not read Dale's (season 3) one blog-- he confirms that he is just as whiny and egotistical as I always thought he was. If only Anthony Bourdain would come back to blog, I would be most happy.
"And while this week’s Elimination Challenge may have seemed Draconian -- $10 to feed a family of four? And cooking healthily to boot? -- here are a couple facts to help put that in perspective:
• 28 million Americans (almost 10% of the population) will rely on food stamps as a primary source of nutrition this year.
• A typical food stamp allotment in this country is $21 a person a week, which breaks down roughly to $1 per meal, or $4 per meal for a family of four.
Suddenly that $10 doesn’t seem so bad, does it?"