frugal gourmet Discuss this oxymoron in the comments below. Vinreddy A gourmet cannot be frugal because Gourmet food generally costs a lot! But, a Gourmet can be frugal as far the quantity he eats is concerned Frank Carr Well maybe at restaurants. But the late Jeff Smith, since 1983/84, nailed this oxymoron on how to cook gourmet meals at home in a manner that is, well, frugal. Long live the Frug!