Julie Powell, a best-selling author who chronicled her efforts to prepare every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which later inspired the movie “Julie & Julia,” died in October 26 at his home in New York. She was 49 years old.
Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her husband, Eric Powell, who said the cause was cardiac arrest.
Powell’s book was made into a 2009 film directed by Nora Ephron, with Meryl Streep playing Julia Child and Amy Adams playing Powell herself.
CNN has reached out to the influential food writer’s editor for comment.
“Julie & Julia” began as a blog on Salon.com in which Powell, seeking an escape from his regular life as a temp in midtown Manhattan shortly after 9/11, embarked on a culinary odyssey homemade to successfully remove all 524 recipes. in Child’s classic French cookbook over the course of a year in her small kitchen in Astoria, Queens.
The resulting memoir, “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,” came about after the blog gained a loyal following that was eager to share Powell’s successes and failures as she attempted challenging dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon and a boneless duck for Canard en Croûte.
Since the success of this best-selling book, Powell wrote another in 2009, “Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession.”
Most recently, she returned to the Salon earlier this year to write a commentary series on the Food Network series “The Julia Child Challenge.”
“He really carved his own lane,” said Salon senior writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who previously ran Open Salon, the platform that hosted Powell’s blog. “We were lucky enough to be the conduit.”
At the heart of Powell’s blog, and later the acclaimed film that used it as a basis, was the writer’s admiration for Julia Child’s cooking and lifestyle.
“Julia taught me what it takes to find your way in the world. It’s not what I thought it was,” Powell wrote. “I thought it was about: I don’t know, confidence or will or luck. All those things are good to have, no doubt. But there’s something else, something that these things come from. It’s a joy.” .