Mario Batali's Food-Stamp Budget Rice and Beans

Photograph by Sheila Zhao for Bloomberg Businessweek

Today marks the end of a week in which chef and TV host Mario Batali and his family protested prospective cuts to the federal food-stamp program by subsisting on a total allowance of $31—the equivalent of a food-stamp budget. For a family of four, that amounted to $1.48 per meal. According to Batali, the man behind such New York restaurants as Babbo and Otto—and the lavish, gourmet market Eataly—he managed to endure the week successfully without additional indulgences, including lattes and alcohol.

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