Julie Powell: Food blogger who inspired the hit film Julie & Julia dies aged 49
A food blogger who served as the inspiration for the 2009 film Julie & Julia has died at the age of 49.
Julie Powell became an internet sensation after committing to making every recipe in Julia Child’s book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Her challenge resulted in a book deal and a hit film starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.
Powell died of a heart attack at her home in upstate New York, and friends remember her as a “brilliant writer and a daring, original person.”
“We are sending our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Julie, whether personally or through the deep connections she forged with readers of her memoirs,” her editor Judy Clain said.
Powell appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and The Martha Stewart Show after writing her best-selling memoir Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen in 2005.
She went on to write for The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine, and she was twice nominated for a James Beard Award.
Powell was also given an honorary degree from Le Cordon Blue in Paris, where Julia Child studied in 1950.
Powell published her second book, Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession, in 2009, in which she revealed she had an affair.
It also explored her agony of loving two men at the same time, her love of sadomasochism, and even a bout of self-punishing sex with a stranger.