| Tue Oct. 4, 2011 3:00 AM PDT
You can walk into any McDonald's in America and buy a bounty of ready-to-eat calories for just a few bucks.
But can you cook much better food for yourself for even cheaper? That's the message of Slow Food USA's ongoing $5 Challenge, and of a recent column by New York Times recipe wizard/food politics columnist Mark Bittman. Bittman's piece links to a handy infographicshowing that the typical burgers-and-fries dinner for a family of four at McDonald's costs about $28, while a home-cooked chicken-and-potatoes meal for four would run you just $14.
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