business news in context, analysis with attitude

•  Julie Powell, the best-selling author whose blog tracked her efforts to make all 524 recipes from Julia Child's 1961 classic “Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1," has passed away.  She was 49, and the cause was listed as cardiac arrest.

Powell's blog was first turned into a best-selling book, "“Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen," and then into a hit 2009 movie, with Amy Adams as Powell, and Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci as Julia Child and her husband, Paul (who were portrayed in flashbacks).