A Gourmet Family Meal for $10?

That, at least, is the goal as Joel Stein gets a top chef to try to feed a family of four on a recession budget

Misha Gravenor for TIME

Colicchio, left, and Stein serve up homemade fennel pork loin and pasta vegetarienne.

Tom Colicchio hasn't looked at food prices in a long time. "Wow, pasta is more expensive than I thought it was," he says, scanning the shelves of the Ralph's supermarket on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Colicchio, the head judge on Bravo's Top Chef, hires people to buy food for his Craft, CraftSteak and 'wichcraft restaurants across the country. Plus, he's rich.

So he's a little freaked out trying to come up with--at my editor's request--a recession-gourmet meal for four people for around $10. And Colicchio is not mistaken: the average retail price of a 5-lb. (2.3 kg) bag of flour has...

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