Julie Powell, food writer behind 'Julie & Julia,' dies at 49

Julie Powell, American food writer

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# 02 November 2022 18:07 (UTC +04:00)

Julie Powell, who wrote the bestselling memoirs "Julie & Julia" and "Cleaving," died unexpectedly on October 26 at her home in Olivebridge at the age of 49, in New York, APA reports citing the New York Times.

Powell died of cardiac arrest. Her death was confirmed to The Associated Press by Judy Clain, Powell's editor and editor-in-chief of Little, Brown, and Company.

"She was a brilliant writer and a daring, original person, and she will not be forgotten," Clain said in a statement. "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."

"Julie & Julia" started as a blog, "The Julie/Julia Project." In daily posts, Powell wrote of her sometimes frustrating attempts to cook all 254 recipes published in Julia Child's influential cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" over the course of a year. The comic chronicles also recorded personal challenges in Powell's life, including stress from a job taking calls at a government center after 9/11.