Julia Child, the famous American master of French cooking, loved politics and adored former President Bill Clinton, according to her biographer.
But she was disappointed when Clinton didn't give her one of the nation's highest honors.
Child received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003 from President George W. Bush, but the avowed liberal would have much rather received it from Clinton, Bob Spitz, the author of "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child," told The Hill at a Wednesday discussion at the Smithsonian about the cook's life.
And, as it turns out, Child, who died in 2004 at age 91, had ties to another Democratic politician — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
Franken wrote the infamous "Saturday Night Live" sketch that featured Dan Aykroyd portraying Child. In the skit, Aykroyd acted out a scene from Child's PBS cooking show "The French Chef," cutting his finger but carrying on with the cooking despite the blood squirting everywhere.
Franken, who was a writer on the show at the time, was hidden beneath the counter, pumping the fake blood up so it splattered everywhere, Spitz noted. Child, he added, loved the sketch and showed it to visitors at her home.
His book, available now, is out in time for the 100th anniversary of Child's birth.