This owner of New York City and Washington, D.C.-based restaurants also published several culinary books, including B. Smith Cooks Southern Style and B. Smith's Entertaining and Cooking for Friends. Also a furniture and home decorations designer, she created collections for La-Z-Boy and Bed Bath & Beyond.
She opened her first restaurant in 1986.
She acted in a 2011 Off-Broadway production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
She was born Barbara Smith in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She and her second husband, Dan Gasby, settled in Manhattan, New York.
She made two appearances on Fred Rogers' popular children's program, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.