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Julie Powell, food writer known for ‘Julie & Julia,’ dies at 49

Julie Powell, the writer whose decision to spend a year cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” resulted in the popular food blog, the Julie/Julia Project, a movie starring Meryl Streep, and a new following for Child in her final years, died on Oct. 26 at her home in Olivebridge, New York. She was 49 years old.

Her cause of death is revealed below

Julie Powell detailed her culinary troubles in a hilarious, lacerating manner that struck a chord with a new generation of disgruntled young people.

Julie Powell detailed her culinary troubles in a hilarious, lacerating manner that struck a chord with a new generation of disgruntled young people.

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The Julie/Julia Project became a popular model for other blogs, and was imitated by followers of Ina Garten, Thomas Keller, and Dorie Greenspan, as well as helping to develop the large current following for home cooking on social media.

Powell was an ambitious writer working at a low-level administrative position in lower Manhattan in 2002. She was approaching her 30th birthday and had no genuine job prospects. It was “one of those terrified, backed-into-a-corner type of moments,” she told The New York Times.

We are sending our love and prayers to her family and husband at this terrible time.

Eric Powell, her husband, stated that the reason was cardiac arrest.

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