A food blogger who inspired the 2009 film Julie and Julia has died at the age of 49.
Julie Powell caused an online sensation when she set herself a challenge to make every recipe in Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Her challenges led to book deals and blockbusters starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.
Powell died of cardiac arrest at her home in upstate New York — and friends called her “a brilliant writer and a bold, original person.”
“Our deepest condolences go out to all who knew and loved Julie, both personally and through the deep connection she forged with readers of her memoir,” said her editor Judy Klein.