The Frugal Gourmet - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • Italian Bread Specialties
    4/4/94
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    Some claim the Fall of Rome was caused by a shortage of grain for making bread, an essential element of the common man's diet.
  • Soft Italian Cheeses
    3/9/94
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    Italians take great pride in the regional variations of their cuisine, yet a fondness for cooking with cheese is shared across the country.
  • Italian American Community
    4/14/94
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    Italy's influence on the United States is celebrated with an excursion through the streets, restaurants and shops of the nation's Italian American communities - from New York and Boston to Seattle and San Francisco. In this episode, the Frugal Gourmet
  • Cold Vegetable Buffet
    4/13/94
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    A cold vegetable buffet sounds like a salad bar, but the Italian version reaches a whole new dimension, turning mere veggies into an extravagant feast.
  • More Italian Red Meat
    3/17/94
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    In downtown Philadelphia, Smith and Wollam shop for the perfect pork roast at Esposito's Italian Market and experience an authentic Italian household family dinner. On the West Coast, they visit North Beach Restaurant in San Francisco.
  • More Italian Fish
    More Italian Fish
    Episode 5
    4/21/94
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    After admiring the fresh catch and enjoying a bountiful seafood lunch at San Francisco's North Beach Restaurant, Smith and Wollam demonstrate seafood specialties such as Scapece (a sweet and sour cod dish) and Linguine with Zucchini, Tomato and Grilled
  • Polenta
    Polenta
    Episode 4
    3/7/94
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    A staple in Northern Italy, polenta is a smooth and creamy dish usually made with cornmeal. Smith and Wollam travel to Boston restaurant La Piccola Venezia to sample classic polenta dishes. Back in the kitchen, they prepare Hard Polenta, Three-Cheese S
  • Behind the Scenes
    Behind the Scenes
    Episode 3
    4/19/94
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    Viewers take a peek at the making of a Frugal Gourmet episode during Jeff Smith's guided tour of the set. Reminiscing about his first show in 1973, the Frugal Gourmet then cooks up some old favorites - Beer and Cheese Soup and Hungarian Salad. Smith an
  • Vegetables
    Vegetables
    Episode 2
    3/28/94
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    Using a light touch and simple ingredients; Smith transforms ordinary staples such as potatoes, peppers and spinach into flavorful side dishes infused with the flavors of Italy. Smith and Wollam work their culinary wonders with Braised Endive; Pan-Roaste
  • Fish
    Fish
    Episode 1
    3/7/94
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    Italians take great pride in serving their freshly caught seafood specialties. After visits to seafood markets in Venice and Pike Place Market in Seattle, viewers are treated to a lesson about Cioppino, a satisfying fish stew redolent of garlic and tomat