Food writer Julie Powell, who became an internet buff after blogging for a year about making every recipe in Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, has died at the age of 20. 49.
owell died of cardiac arrest on October 26 at his home in upstate New York, The New York Times reported. Her death was confirmed by Judy Clain, Powell’s editor at Little, Brown book publishers.
“She is a brilliant writer and a bold, original person and she will not be forgotten,” Ms Clain said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to all who have come to know and love Julie, whether personally or through the deep relationship she has forged with the readers of her memoirs.”
Her sophomore year and final attempt — entitled Cleaning: A Tale of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession — is a bit jarring for its honesty. Powell revealed she had had an affair, the pain of being in love with two men at the same time, enjoyed narcissism and even had self-punishment sex with a stranger.
“The people who come from the movie Julie and Julia and choose Cleaving are going to have some strong emotions,” she told The Associated Press in 2009. “I don’t believe it’s going to be a Nora Ephron movie.”
Powell began her relationship in 2004 while she was finishing her first book, a time she wrote when “the eyes were starry and vaguely disgruntled and there was too much time in my hands” .
By 2006, she apprenticed at a butcher shop two hours north of New York City, which provided an outlet for her broken marriage and a place to explore her childhood curiosity. her with the butchers.
“The way they hold a knife in their hand is like an extension of themselves,” she said. “I am a very clumsy person. I don’t play sports. That kind of physical skill is really foreign to me, and I really envy that. “
People want to get their hands dirty. People want to be involved in the process. People want to know where their food comes fromJulie Powell
The book explores the connection between her profession as a butcher and her own tortured romantic life.
At one point, while cutting connective tissue on a pig’s leg, she wrote: “Sad, but also a relief to know that two things that are so closely tied together can be separated by a little bit of violence, leaving smooth surfaces instead of bloody crumbs. “
Her book explores the growing interest in old-school butchers, and her experience slicing meat actually makes her eat less. She is an advocate for the humane slaughter and raising of animals.
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“People want to get their hands dirty. People want to be part of the process. People want to know where their food comes from,” says Powell. “People don’t want mystery anymore.”
She is survived by her husband, Eric.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/julie-powell-food-writer-of-julie-and-julia-dies-at-49-42112655.html Julie Powell, food writer for Julie & Julia, dies aged 49