Julie Powell Passed Away At The Age Of 49

Julie Powell

Julie Powell, a well-known culinary writer, died on October 26 at the age of 49. Her husband, Eric Powell, told the New York Times that she died of cardiac arrest caused by heart arrhythmia at their home in Olivebridge, New York. Judy Clain, Julie’s email, and Little, Brown’s editor-in-chief, verified the news. In an interview with the Associated Press, she said,

“She was a superb writer as well as a brave, unusual person, and she will not be forgotten.” We extend our heartfelt sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Julie, whether personally or via the strong bonds she established with readers of her memoirs.”

Julie is survived by her husband, Eric, as well as her brother and parents.

Julie Powell’s net worth

Julie Powell rose to prominence after publishing Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen in 2005. The novel was inspired by her blog, the Julie/Julia Project, and a film version, Julie & Julia, was produced in 2009. Powell’s net worth was estimated to be approximately $5 million by CelebrityNetWorth as of December 2023. Powell graduated from Amherst College in 1995 with a double degree in theater and creative writing. She launched the Julie/Julia Project blog in 2002 while working at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. For a year, she kept a blog about her efforts to prepare dishes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Julie Powell

The blog gained popularity, resulting in a book contract with Little, Brown & Company. The ensuing book, Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, inspired Nora Ephron’s 2009 film adaption, starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Powell. Julia Child, however, slammed Julie Powell’s blog, claiming that her quest to test every dish in the book was a publicity hoax. Other reviewers, such as David Kamp and Keith Phipps, responded similarly to the blog.

Julie Powell

In 2009, she was awarded an honorary certificate from Le Cordon Bleu. Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession was Julie’s second book. It discussed her experience learning about butchering at Fleisher’s butcher shop in Kingston, New York, as well as the influence she and her husband’s indiscretions had on their marriage. The book was released in 2009 and garnered a bad reception, with the book’s substance being especially condemned. In 2022, Julie Powell started writing Salon opinion articles about the Food Network reality television program The Julia Child Challenge. In 1998, she married Eric Powell, the editor of Archaeology magazine.