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Sep 3, 2005 02:13 PM

The Frugal Gourmet - where is he now?

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I'm tidying bookshelves and high on a shelf some dusty books caught my eye. One was a paperback pamphlet authored by Jeff Smith in the 70s when he was a university chaplain in Washington state. Remember Jeff Smith, AKA the Frugal Gourmet? This Methodist minister-turned TV foodie personality disappeared from public view after allegations of sexual abuse came to light some years ago. I dimly remember something about an upcoming trial and then, nothing. Does anyone know what really happened in this saga? Where is he now?

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  1. I have some of his old cookbooks which I still enjoy. I'm surprised you missed this - he passed away in 2004 at the age of 65.

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    1. re: Rubee

      Hmmmmm, died in 2004.... But does this answer my "Where is he now" question? Thanks for the update.

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      Wayne Keyser

      As I understand it, he settled out of court with the plaintiffs (the charges were civil, not criminal.)

      PBS seemed to forget about him as quickly and quietly as possible (understandable, I think).

      But I still use his cookbooks.

      Want some marvelous cooking with the same style (but no allegations of abuse?) - Check Robert Farrar Capon's THE SUPPER OF THE LAMB, and PARTY SPIRIT, and CAPON ON COOKING.

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      1. re: Wayne Keyser

        I'd never heard of PARTY SPIRIT and will remedy this oversight immediately. Have enjoyed Capon's books since discovering them in the late 60s but missed this one. Thank you.

        1. re: Wayne Keyser

          Hi Folks-

          Please continue any cook book discussion over on the Home Cooking board.

          And let's all let the dead rest in piece, there is no value (in therms of any of us eating better) in resurrecting the Jeff Smith story here.