Julie Powell, Author Of ‘Julie & Julia,’ Dead At 49

Julie Powell, the meals author whose yearlong dedication to getting ready all 524 recipes in Julia Little one’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was immortalized within the movie “Julie & Julia,” died Oct. 26 at her house in Olivebridge, New York. She was 49.

Powell’s husband, Eric, confirmed her loss of life to The New York Instances Tuesday. The trigger was cardiac arrest, he mentioned.

A local of Austin, Texas, Powell was working at a low-level administrative job in Manhattan when she launched a weblog, the Julie/Julia Undertaking, on the progressive information website Salon in 2002. Her mission, she mentioned, was to strategy all the recipes in Little one’s two-volume cookbook from the angle of a comparatively inexperienced foodie.

Alongside the best way, she aired her frustrations with monitoring down lots of the uncommon components Little one referred to as for, and shared quirky anecdotes about her private disappointments when it got here to each her profession and personal life.

The Julie/Julia Undertaking was an instantaneous smash, and three years after the weblog’s launch, in 2005, Powell’s entries had been collectively revealed as a ebook, “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.” It was later launched in paperback as “Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously.”

“Food bloggers, like all bloggers, are contentious, they say what they think and they hate on people. And that’s good and valuable,” Powell advised the Orlando Sentinel in a 2009 interview. “But it’s a Wild West kind of world, and people feel free to say things they never would in a face-to-face civil conversation. We have a medium where we can type in the snarky comments we used to just say out loud to our friends.”

In 2009, Powell unveiled her second ebook, “Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession.”

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Many credit score Powell’s cheeky, self-deprecating narrative type with paving the best way for the extra accessible strategy to meals writing now embraced by the likes of Ina Garten and Alison Roman. In 2009, Powell’s phrases would attain an excellent larger viewers when her ebook was tailored as “Julie & Julia,” a romantic comedy starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep as Powell and Little one, respectively.

Author-director Nora Ephron took important liberties with Powell’s ebook, and in the long run, “Julie & Julia” was as a lot of a biopic about Little one because it was a cinematic tackle Powell’s yearlong journey. Nonetheless, the film was a important and business hit, incomes Streep her sixteenth Academy Award nomination. It additionally renewed curiosity in Little one’s life and work.

The identical yr that “Julie & Julia” was launched, Powell launched a second ebook, “Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession.” The ebook was noticeably darker in tone, detailing extramarital affairs involving her and, later, her husband.

Whereas “Cleaving” didn’t match the success of “Julie and Julia,” Powell’s legacy will dwell on amongst a brand new technology of meals writers and fans, as evidenced by the numerous tributes that appeared on social media Tuesday.

“How very sad. She was so young,” chef Pim Techamuanvivit tweeted. “I was a huge fan of her blog, and I am definitely old enough to remember when social media was more about being snarky about oneself than putting down others. RIP Julie.”

Echoing these sentiments was Smitten Kitchen founder Deb Perelman, who declared Powell “the original food blogger.”

“Cooking through Julia Child’s books, she made Child relevant to a new generation, and wrote about cooking in a fresh, conversational, this-is-my-real life tone that was rare back then,” she tweeted.