The Frugal Gourmet - where is he now?
- Sherri Sep 3, 2005 02:13 PM
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?
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.