Julie Powell, a food writer and the inspiration for the 2009 film “Julie & Julia,” has passed away at the age of 49.
Tuesday, her husband, Eric Powell, confirmed to The New York Times that the author died of a heart arrest at their Olivebridge, New York, home on October 26.
Powell rose to prominence in the early twenty-first century as the internet food blogger behind an ambitious endeavor to prepare every recipe from one of the most influential cookbooks, Julia Child’s 1961 “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.“
Powell documented her attempt to prepare all 524 dishes in the renowned cookbook.
Based on the blog project, she went on to create the best-selling book “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.”
The movie “Julie & Julia” starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina was released in 2009. The biographical film chronicles the life of chef Julia Child in the 1950s, the early years of her profession, and contemporary New Yorker Julie Powell, who is dissatisfied with her life but finds a greater purpose when she decides to cook 524 of Child’s dishes in one year.
The film earned approximately $129.5 million at the box office.
Powell’s kitchen writing was amusing, occasionally self-deprecating, and notoriously unsophisticated. She was one of the pioneers of the now-ubiquitous online “relatable” food blog.
Powell wrote in “Julie & Julia“: “There, I was just a secretary-shaped confederation of atoms, fighting the inevitability of mediocrity and decay. But here, in the Juliaverse… the energy was never lost, merely converted from one form to another.” “Here, I took butter and cream and meat and eggs and I made delectable nourishment.”
Cause of death
Julie Powell, the food blogger played by Amy Adams in the film “Julie & Julia,” passed away at her New York home on October 26 at the age of 49, according to The New York Times. According to her husband, Eric Powell, cardiac arrest caused Julie’s death.
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