The battle of life: Julie Powell,Died at the age of 49

Julie Powell, food writer behind Julie & Julia, died at 49 after a long battle with cancer. She was an inspiration to many and was known for her frank and relatable writing.

Julie Powell, a bestselling author who chronicled her efforts to prepare every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which later inspired the movie Julie & Julia, is the entity behind this culinary work.

Julie Powell's life began in the early 1970s when she moved from her native England to New York City. She worked as a waitress and bartender before starting her own food blog in 2007.

Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her husband, Eric Powell, who said the cause was cardiac arrest.

Julie & Julia began as a blog Sourcing an outlet for herself from her humdrum life as a temp in downtown Manhattan after 9/11, Powell sought to master 524 recipes in Child's French children's cookbook over the course of one year in her small Astoria kitchen.

Recent years have seen Julia return to Salon to prepare a report inspired by the Food Network program The Julia Child Challenge.

Salon's senior contributing writer Mary Elizabeth Williams stated that the writer deserved to make her own lane from among Open Salon's original employees. We were fortunate enough to play this role in hosting Powell's blog.