BOOK REVIEW: Emma Dreams of Stars

I think at some point in time, many of us might have considered food journalism. I, for one, have, and am very glad I didn’t. I don’t think I have the palate for it, or sufficient knowledge. All I have is the love for food, but being a patron is good enough.

Prior to focusing more on reviews, this blog used to document other things like my travels and events I’ve been to. I think that would be fun to do again, even with an international audience. I’d love to show you Malaysia.

Emma Dreams of Stars
by Emmanuelle Maisonneuve, Julia Pavlowitch and Kan Takahama (illustrator)

get it here
enjoy a preview of Chapter 1 here


Based on a true story of a former Michelin Guide Inspector. Find out what the top-secret life of a professional foodie is like.

Emma, a food writer, can’t give up her childhood dream of becoming a Michelin Guide Inspector, and sends her resume to the Michelin headquarters. She is informed nine months later that there is an opening and goes to a mysterious interview…


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

*A review copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Warning: Do not start this book in the middle of the night, when you’re hungry and there’s nothing to eat.

Emma Dreams of Stars follows Emma, young, and the only woman in a male-dominated industry. This poses as a minor yet constant theme in this story, with the main being food and the insider details on what it means to be a Michelin Guide Inspector.

In between travelling, stuffing herself with dishes and inspecting each restaurant from its’ cuisine to the full dining experience, Emma’s personal life is bumpy. Though, it only plays a small part. As this book stops abruptly, I’m guessing that this is only Volume One, or so I hope. I am very invested in the storyline, especially when it comes to Chef Antoine, but this book alone leaves a few questions unanswered.

I enjoyed the food illustrations and the landscapes, especially being stuck in lockdown. It’s lovely to enjoy such scenery and food, the two things that I search for and value whenever we travel. The art is heavily focused on bringing the food to life, while the background reminds me of a painting. Personally, I think the art made the storyline shine.

I am very glad to have been given a review copy of this book. It combines a few of my favourite things – food and sharing opinions (hence this blog). I was also happy to read about Emma’s experience with cuisine in Japan, especially when she visited Nishiki market as it brought back many fond memories from years ago. It’s always very exciting when a book makes references to things that I know, and maybe, just maybe, I might be able to eat in a Michelin-star restaurant someday.


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