I did see the show a few times on PBS, but was never really impressed by it. Why?
The title of the show is "The Frugal Gourmet", which implies that it was about making gourmet food without spending a lot of money. Yet what did the show depict?
The host showed us that for his recipes, you need this piece of expensive exotic equipment and that piece of expensive exotic equipment to get everything right. Huh? I thought the idea was to limit spending money, and buying a gazillion gizmos would hardly serve the purpose. I don't remember any other cooking show which required much in the way of equipment beyond the items you find in any ordinary kitchen.
Julia Child did a much better job.
(For those who wonder what happened to the show, Jeff Smith was accused by a number of young boys of sexually abusing them while he was a youth minister, ending his television career. And these allegations did not prove to be frivolous either. O. J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder in a trial-but few people genuinely believe his innocence.)
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