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Jeffrey L. Smith (I) (1939–2004)

Jeff Smith was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1939. He grew up in a close family, and learned some of his first lessons in food, and in frugal cooking from his mother. His love of wine; one of the most prominent elements in his cooking, came from his friendship, in his youth, with a doctor named Lester Baskin. Dr. Baskin introduced young Smith to ... See full bio »


(age 65) in Seattle, Washington, USA

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 1995 Grumpier Old Men
The Frugal Gourmet
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 1995-1996 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
- Episode #4.33 (1996) ... Himself
- Episode #3.34 (1995) ... Himself (as The Frugal Gourmet)
 1991 Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake (TV Movie)
 1989 The Pat Sajak Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.105 (1989) ... Himself
 1985 The Frugal Gourmet Keeps the Feast (TV Series)
 1983 The Frugal Gourmet (TV Series)
- Sandwich Buffet ... Himself (as Jeff Smith)
- The Molded Meal ... Himself (as Jeff Smith)
- Ancient Method of Steaming ... Himself (as Jeff Smith)
- Japanese Kitchen ... Himself (as Jeff Smith)
- Rice ... Himself (as Jeff Smith)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Cookbook: The Frgual Gourmet on our Immigrant Ancestors See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Frugal Gourmet | Jeff Smith


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Personal Quote:

I bid you peace" - said at the end of every episode of The Frugal Gourmet See more »


Spent the final years of his life encouraging young chefs, researching a book on biblical foods, and traveling to his favorite restaurants and markets in Hong Kong, New York and San Francisco. See more »


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