Julie Powell, a food writer who gained fame online after posting a year-long blog about recreating every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which resulted in a book deal and a movie adaptation, has passed away. She was 49.
Powell passed away after a heart attack on October 26 at her home in upstate New York, according to The New York Times. Judy Clain, Powell’s email, and Little, Brown’s editor in chief all verified her passing.
She will not be forgotten, according to Clain, who called her “a wonderful writer and a brave, original person.” We express our sincere sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Julie, whether they did so in person or through the close relationships she developed with readers of her memoirs.
Amy Adams and Meryl Streep played Powell and Child, respectively, in the smash Nora Ephron-directed film “Julie & Julia,” which was based on her 2005 book “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.”
“Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession,” her second and final album, was unsettling in its candor. Powell admitted to having an affair, dealing with the pain of loving two men at once, enjoying sadomasochism, and even engaging in some self-punishing sex with an unknown person.
People who pick up “Cleaving” after seeing “Julie & Julia” will experience some emotional whiplash, she warned The Associated Press in 2009. It won’t be a Nora Ephron film, in my opinion.
When Powell was finishing up her first book in 2004, she had an affair because, in her words, she was “starry-eyed and vaguely disgruntled and had too much time on my hands.”
In 2006, she was able to flee her failing marriage and pursue her childhood fascination with butchers by taking a job as an apprentice at a butcher shop two hours north of New York City.
She saw that the way they held a knife in their hands resembled an extension of their bodies. “I make a lot of mistakes. I’m not a sportsperson. I truly don’t have that kind of physical skill, therefore I’m very jealous of you.”
The connection between butchering and her own traumatic love life is explored in the book. She writes: “It’s sad, but also a relief, to know that two things so intimately connected together can separate with such little violence, leaving smooth surfaces instead of bleeding pieces,” as she cuts the connective tissue on a pig’s leg.
Her book tapped into the burgeoning interest in traditional butchery, and she found herself consuming meat less as a result of her experience slicing it. She supported the treatment and execution of animals in humane conditions.
“People enjoy working with their hands in the mud. People are eager to take part in the process. People are curious about the origin of their food, “Powell remarked. “People no longer crave the mystery.”
Her spouse Eric has survived her.
Julie & Julia
Food blogger Julie Powell chronicled her attempt to prepare each recipe in the famous Julia Child cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” on her blog, the Julie/Julia Project.
The 2002 blog documented her culinary errors as she worked through the dishes. In 2005, Powell published “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen” as a result of the blog. Her book and Julia Child’s autobiography, “My Life in France,” served as the basis for the 2009 movie “Julie & Julia,” which was based on her work.
Amy Adams played Powell in the movie, and Meryl Streep played Julia Child. Her 2009 book “Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession” draws comparisons between her job as a butcher and her relationship with her husband.
“Like other bloggers, food bloggers are divisive, they express their opinions, and they criticize others.” “And that’s beneficial and excellent.
However, because it’s a Wild West type of society, people are allowed to say things that they would never do in a civil face-to-face conversation. We now have a platform where we may type the rude remarks we once only said aloud to our pals. The Orlando Sentinel, 2009
Tributes to Julie Powell
Julie always seemed like a nice person and the Julie/Julia Project was really fun and it inspired a lot of people to at least try to start writing because the internet had some possibility. I'll miss talking to her on here. May her memory be a blessing. https://t.co/LCpHEsM6c5
— Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) November 1, 2022
How sad to read this. Julie was a longtime Twitter chitchatterer of mine, and I was always happy to see her pop up. Goodbye to her, far too soon. https://t.co/4wjXCl4ejv
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) November 1, 2022
I was shocked to learn this morning of the passing of Julie 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. https://t.co/5aB3bcUtKu
— smitten kitchen (@smittenkitchen) November 1, 2022
Oh wow this hurts so bad. Julie is one of the nicest people and I have had so many amazing convos with her. This breaks me. https://t.co/rg45aQewZG
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) November 1, 2022
This is sad news. Julie Powell was an inspiration to my generation of food bloggers, and was hilarious and kind in our interactions, especially when discussing our home state of Texas. Sending my condolences to her family and friends. https://t.co/tvvDH9d3R8
— Lisa Fain (@homesicktexan) November 1, 2022
Julie Powell, New York Times bestselling author of Julie & Julia and Cleaving, died abruptly on October 26, 2022, at her home in Olivebridge, New York, which she shared with her high school beau Eric Powell. 49-year-old.
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