Julie Powell, who found fame with an early food blog that was turned into a best-selling book and a hit movie, has died at the age of 49.

In 2002, Powell challenged herself to cook all 524 dishes in a recipe book by TV chef Julia Child in 365 days as a distraction from her day job.

The resulting blog gained a large following and a book came out in 2005. She was played by Amy Adams in a 2009 film version, titled Julie & Julia, written and directed by Nora Ephron.

Powell fell in love with Child's 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 when she would steal it out of her mother's pantry as a child.

She came across it again when visiting her parents at the age of 29. At the time, she was depressed and working for the Manhattan Development Corporation after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

"I got a lot of calls from residents and relatives of people who had died," she told the BBC World Service's Outlook programme in 2020.

"I got calls from people who had contracted lung diseases after being down there at 9/11, and I often didn't know where to send them.

"So that was what I was doing every day and it makes a person feel fairly useless and incapable."