Julie Powell, a bestselling writer who chronicled her efforts in preparing every recipe from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which later inspired the film “Julie & Julia,” died on October. 26, at her home, shared with her family located in New York. She was 49
The cause of death was reported by The New York Times by her husband, Eric Powell, who stated that the cause was a cardiac arrest.
The book Powell was made into a film in 2009 produced by Nora Ephron, with Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams playing Powell herself.
“Julie & Julia” began as a blog on Salon.com where Powell was seeking a way to escape from the monotony of her life as a temp worker in downtown Manhattan immediately following 9/11 and began a cooking-at-home journey to pull off all the 524 recipes contained in the classic Child French cookbook over the course of a year in her tiny Astoria, Queens kitchen.
The memoir that resulted, “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,” came about after the blog had an ardent following eager to hear about the successes and failures of Powell as she tried to make difficult dishes such as Boeuf Bourguignon and a deboned duck to make Canard en Croute.
After its popularity the book became a bestseller, and Powell went on to publish another book in 2009 “Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession.”
In the past, she was invited back to Salon in the spring of this year to compose an entire series of articles on”The Julia Child Challenge” on the Food Network series “Julia Child Challenge.”
“She truly made her own lane,” Salon senior writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who had previously worked as the director of Open Salon, the platform that hosted Powell’s blog spoke of the journalist. “We were lucky enough to be the conduit.”
In the midst of Powell’s blog and later the critically acclaimed film which used the blog as a basis, was his admiration of Julia Child’s cooking style and way of living.
“Julia taught me how to make it through the world. This isn’t what I thought it to be.” Powell wrote. “I believed it was all about don’t know the difference between confidence, faith, or luck. These are all great things to have without a doubt. However, there’s a different aspect to consider, something that these things develop out of. It’s joy.”