Julie Powell, food writer behind 'Julie & Julia,' dead at 49

Julie Powell, a best-selling author who documented her attempts to make every dish in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," which later served as the basis for the film "Julie & Julia," passed away on October 26 at her New York residence. She was 49.

Her husband, Eric Powell, confirmed her passing to the New York Times and stated that cardiac arrest was the cause.

The 2009 Nora Ephron-directed film adaptation of Powell's book starred Amy Adams as Powell and Meryl Streep as Julia Child.

Following the success of the number-one bestseller, Powell published "Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession" in 2009.

Recently, she wrote a number of criticism pieces for Salon earlier this year regarding the Food Network show "The Julia Child Challenge."

Powell "really established her own lane," according to senior Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who once oversaw Open Salon, the website that housed Powell's blog. "We had the good fortune to serve as the conduit."

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