Skip to comments.WATCH: Mario Batali Defends His Food Stamp Diet On MSNBC
Posted on 05/18/2012 2:31:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Winding down his media blitz from the Food Stamp Challenge, Mario Batali appeared on last nights The Last Word With Lawrence ODonnell to defend his decision to feed his family of four on a food stamp budget, which is to say: $31 dollars per person per week, which breaks down to $1.48 per meal.
His biggest lesson? Shopping at more than one store was the key to understanding it, Batali said to his disciple ODonnell, live from the kitchen of Babbo (which I am surprised can handle a live media feed, unless theres also a secret green screen room at Babbo). Often these restaurants have to manipulate their own supply and demand, and have sales when theyre trying to move something quickly. So we were lucky enough, living in New York, to go to four different stores. But I know that there are food deserts, places where its more difficult to find food, that would make this a lot more difficult to achieve.
So at that point you have to allow the store to dictate what your menu is by buying whats on special this week. Which may not be chicken breasts, but chicken legs so its understanding it in a different way.
Batalis grand experiment, designed to raise awareness to a proposal in Congress to cut food stamp budgets, was greeted by jeers from Fox earlier this week. Was this a rabid publicity stunt, readers, or a celebrity chef using his star power in a good way for a greater purpose? Lets comment it up.
More idiotic propaganda.
I would bet a lot of the people on food stamps are also getting AFDC cash payments, and some of them even have low-paying jobs - like fast food places where you get a free meal. Plus those kids are getting free meals at school.
I bet he mentioned none of that?
Id have more respect for that fat pig if he ate everyone on MSNBC
A FAMILY OF FOUR gets $200+ a month on SNAP in Indiana. that doesn’t include TANF.
It a lot MORE than that in states with a higher cost of living.
THIS IS ALL BOVINE EXCREMENT.
I agree with Greg Gutfeld, it makes me want to slap him around.
good for him for showing it can be done in many places. i know, his politics stink and the actual dollars he quotes are off, BUT this can be usde to show no increase is needed if food stamp people are there because of specific at the moment situations and want to get off it.
i think we need to go back to shaming them in the grocery line thouugh, given the current osamabama depression, there are many folks who want to work and can’t find jobs and can’t afford to move.
Food stamps are meant to help, not provide a gourmet diet of steak qnd lobster. Of course he was shocked at the quality. Good grief
Of course he didn't mention the free breakfast and lunch at school..so with 2 minor children in his household, that just shot the food budget up by about thirty bucks a week..
Okay, I suck at math, but I think it's about that much..2 kids x 5 days a week, x 2 meals (breakfast and lunch)
A family of 4 in Fl gets 367 cash and 668 in food stamps. They eat better than I do...
Did he lose any - or gain more weight?
I like watching ‘The Chew’. But Mario is getting me weary.
Lately he is showing his liberal side.
Plus almost all of the dishes he prepares don’t do a thing for me.
Lots of pasta and little sauce. I consider the pasta as a vehicle for the sauce.
Symon is my kind of chef, although he puts lemon zest/juice on almost everything.
On the whole an entertaining show.
But I know that there are food deserts, places where its more difficult to find food, that would make this a lot more difficult to achieve.
Food deserts? Such a vacuum must surely attract the attention of investers! Why, pray tell, would retailers not flock to an obvious customer pool?
I’m not sure how to make sure everyone knows this is sarcasm.
I think my husband figured we would get something around $900/month in food stamps for our family of six. We don’t spend that much on food, toiletries, cleaning/paper products, and pet food combined!
We eat a lot of chicken, ground beef, and buy pork loin roasts and cut them up for good pork chops. Steak is a rarity in our house. We just put in a huge garden with tomatoes, onions, beans, squash, peppers, cucumbers, watermelons, cantaloupe and corn. After seeing the price for produce lately, it will be a welcome relief, because our four kids love fruits and veggies. Our neighbor keeps threatening to give us a few chickens, lol.
$31 per wk per person is 31x4= $124 per wk x 4 wks in the month = $496 per month.
How much does he think normal people spend to feed their family of four?
$31/person/week! Apparently I feed my family on a food stamp budget!
we eat well on 120 budget a week for 3 adults n 3 kids.
only meat on sale is bought. or we buy our meat in bulk once a month. the rest are buy 1 get one free so we stock up.
produce bought at local market and we buy only what is in season.
i cook most all my meals from scratch.
did i mention i also work 40 hrs a week too?
Good job!! I like farmers markets. Im an apt dweller. I grow potted gardens when I can. I like to eat local veggies and help the community. You’d be surprised. Fl grows everything but supermarket food is from Mexico and s america.. nothing better than a home grown tomato. Supermarkets suck.
I like the meat at the end of the freezer case that is turning brown. It doesn’t look appealing to the ignorant, but is of equal quality.. “aged” if you will..
We just moved to this little town on the Ohio River last year, and kept receiving generous gifts of produce from neighbors on all sides of us (one of them owns a greenhouse, even). Tomatoes do splendidly in this area, which is great, because the four-year-old eats them like apples ;) We also have blueberries that were left by the owners of the property (we rent, with the option to buy).
In the town square, between May and October, there is a farmers’ market twice a week. I’m excited about the garden. The tomato plants got hit by a bad hailstorm the day after we put them in the ground, and out of 36, we only lost 7 or 8. I forgot that we also put in broccoli (my kids eat it, believe it or not). The corn and beans are coming up, as well as the onions. I’m seeing some sprouts where we planted the melons and cucumbers. We still have room for more stuff, and we’ll probably do another planting later in the season. I’m making tomato sauce, ketchup, and salsa, canning the beans, and making pickles. I’ve got some herbs to grow too. I’m ambitious, but I’ve got free slave labor (aka the four kids).
Iirc you recently moved to the Steubenville area? We have a great farmers market starting in mid June in the EGCC lower parking lot. It’s all locally grown, mostly organic. We get Our meat and eggs from a local farmer that sells there.
No, we’re in Gallipolis, out on S.R. 7 (I can see W. Virginia from my house, lol). We moved into our house a year ago next month.
Our neighbor has chickens, and we’ve been considering getting some from them to raise our own. We have right under 2 acres, so we have the room for them.
We used to raise cattle when I was growing up in Indiana. There is nothing like beef you raised yourself, especially when you had to chase it through the mud in mid-July because they broke through the electric fence again ;)
$31 per week per person, hmmm I have a family of four not on food stamps and we budget slightly over that each month but not much, I can easily feed my family of four for this amount and good food at that.
Good for you.
CA grocery stores fruit and veggies are the bottom of the barrel. The stands are fresh.
You sound like me..well, I do ground chuck, not ground beef. I bought 70 lbs of ground chuck in October when it was $9.98 for a 5 lb chub. I saw those same chubs are now $13.58 which means I would pay $50 more now for what I bought in October.
I bought boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.97 a lb. I beat them into cutlets, and also did some as chicken fingers..soaked in buttermilk, breaded, it made 3 8 inch round "chicken fried chicken" steaks, and 16 chicken fingers. I am getting sick of chicken. Not sick of the cream gravy, yet.
Why doesn’t he charge food stamp prices in his schmancy restaurant?
BTW, according to the government, that not quite five bucks worth of chicken I bought this week should be about thirteen portions. No wonder I am sick of chicken.
And WIC for pregnant women and children under 5, food bank pickups and often food sent home in backpacks.
THAT'S A LOT! For my family of 5 that is $155 per week. We do not spend even close to that much. Most of our meals cost between $7 and $20 TOTAL for the 5 of us. They make it sound so tough, because if you go to McDonalds you can easily spend $5-10 feeding yourself. But if you buy a cut-up chicken, pasta, veggies and use sales and coupons, it doesn't even cost half of that per person. Meanwhile the black hoes I see at the grocery using EBT or SNAP always have iPhones, designer shoes, jewelry, etc. It is a joke program - cut it to ribbons!
I used to teach AFDC (as it was known at the time, now it’s TANF) recipients and food stampers how to look for work. Many had been sent to college, free of charge, on the taxpayer’s dime while still receiving welfare. Now they were going through the class again and ... surprise, still couldn’t find work! I, at the time, only had a high school diploma, yet I was teaching the class! BTW, the unemployment rate there was about 2.4% at the time. You could quit your job at lunch break and have another by mid-afternoon!!
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