A food blogger who inspired the 2009 film Julie & Julia has died aged 49.
Julie Powell became an internet sensation after challenging herself to make all the recipes from Julia Child’s book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Her challenge led to a book deal and a blockbuster movie starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.
Powell died of cardiac arrest at her home in upstate New York – and friends described her as “a brilliant writer and a bold, original person”.
Her editor Judy Clain said: “We extend our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Julie, whether personally or through the deep bonds she forged with readers of her memoir.”