Powell in May 2011
20 April 1973 [|
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Amherst College|
|Notable work(s)||Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen|
Powell was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She attended Amherst College, graduating in 1995 with a double major in theater and creative writing. She later married Eric Powell, an editor for the magazine Archaeology.
Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen 
While working for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in August 2002, Powell began the Julie/Julia Project, a blog chronicling her attempt to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The blog quickly gained a large following, and Powell signed a book deal with Little, Brown and Company. The resulting book, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, was published in 2005. The paperback edition was retitled Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously.
Child was reported to have been unimpressed with Powell's blog, believing her determination to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year to be a stunt. Child's editor, Judith Jones, said in an interview:
Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn't attractive, to me or Julia. She didn't want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt. She would never really describe the end results, how delicious it was, and what she learned. Julia didn’t like what she called 'the flimsies.' She didn't suffer fools, if you know what I mean.
Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession 
Powell's second book, Cleaving: a Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession, which details the effects on her marriage of an affair she had after the first book's publication, as well as her experiences learning the butcher trade, was published November 30, 2009. The book opened to sharply negative reviews and sold poorly.
A film adaptation, also based on Julia Child's autobiography My Life in France, directed by Nora Ephron, and titled Julie & Julia, was released August 7, 2009. Amy Adams stars as Powell and Meryl Streep as Julia Child.
- "Julie Powell". Hachette Book Group. Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- Carol Memmott, "Julie Powell's revelations in 'Cleaving' cut to the bone," USA Today, November 26, 2009. ("She and Eric, 36, an editor at Archaeology magazine, are still together.")
- "The Julie/Julia Project". Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Begins August 25, 2002; navigable from that page.
- Blythe Camenson (2007). Careers in Writing. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 170. ISBN 0-07-148212-1.
- Andriani, Lynn (July 20, 2009). "Mastering the Art of French Cooking Reaches Young Readers Again". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009.
- Long, Camilla (August 9, 2009). "Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession by Julie Powell review". The Sunday Times. London, UK. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- Leith, William (September 12, 2009). "Gut instincts". The Spectator (UK) 311 (9446): 37. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- "What Could Happen?". (official blog). Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Last update April 7, 2010.
- Julie Powell profile in USA Today