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Armed with what she describes as an incredibly useful double major in theater and fiction writing, Julie Powell moved with husband-to-be Eric to New York City to pursue the dream of so many young liberal arts idealists: a career in acting. Her reality proved less exciting, with seven years spent in the service of dead end temp jobs and soul- crushing monotony. Wanting to escape, Powell embarked upon The Julie/Julia Project. This year-long journey was meant to allow Powell to find herself by cooking every recipe from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and chronicle it in a blog.
The blog became an Internet sensation and developed a devoted following, resulting in an article in The New York Times and eventually her first book, Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, which was a national bestseller.
In Julie and Julia, she recounts her efforts, both unsuccessful and successful, frustrating and amusing, to master Julia Childs' lessons in gastronomy as well as to find inspiration in her idol's persistence and philosophical outlook on life. Adapted into the feature film Julie and Julia,
directed by Nora Ephron and starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, Powell's story is delighting moviegoers and has once again propelled the
book onto the bestseller list.
Praised for her piquant writing style, Powell entertains readers with humor and gusto, and sometimes a highly colorful vocabulary, as she weaves life lessons into her musings on food, cooking, career and life.
In addition to her books and blog, Julie Powell's writing has appeared in many periodicals, including The New York Times, House Beautiful, Food & Wine and Bon Appétit. In her lectures she speaks with wit, candor and insight about food,
personal fulfillment, marriage and relationships, as well as a variety of life's other minor obsessions.
A native of Austin, TX, Julie and her husband Eric live in a loft in Long Island City, Queens, with their animals: a cat, a snake and a dog named Beatrice.
When asked how her life has been changed by Julie and Julia, she says, "I now write in my pajamas for a living. Long may this career path continue." With a second major work under her belt and a new novel on the way, it appears that cubicle life is indeed quite firmly behind her.