THE FRUGAL GOURMET / COOKING WITH PEPPERS 1987
Jeffrey L. Smith (January 22, 1939 – July 7, 2004) was the author of several best-selling cookbooks, and the host of The Frugal Gourmet, a popular American cooking show, which began as a local program in Tacoma, Washington in 1973, and the show was originally called Cooking Fish Creatively. The show moved to WTTW in Chicago in 1983, and then, by KQED in San Francisco, and A La Carte Communications in 1990, where the show aired nationally on PBS from 1983 to 1995. From 1972 to 1983, Jeff Smith owned and operated the Chaplain's Pantry. In 1983, Jeff Smith appeared on The Phil Donahue Show, to promote his paperback cookbook. From 1989 to 1997, reruns of The Frugal Gourmet aired on Lifetime. Smith hosted The Frugal Gourmet Keeps the Feast for the Odyssey Network in 1995, and retired from television in 1997. He appeared with Rick James and Phyllis Diller in the music video for Cake's "Love You Madly" in 2001. In 1991, Smith appeared in the music video for "Monster in the Mirror" on Sesame Street, and appeared in the movie Grumpier Old Men in 1995.