New York Times – Barlow’s imagination appears unlimited, almost attuned to a parallel world.
Washington Post – John Barlow is back with another story that’s surprising, funny and satisfying... Intoxicated delivers the goods. It’s the real thing.
The Economist – A fascinating journal of his Galician wanderings. What comes through is a deep affection for Galicia’s people and culture.
Booklist – Wonderfully innovative. Magic realism meets Yorkshire pragmatism.
Time Magazine – With good humor and shameless enthusiasm, he has written a delicious meat mash note. Verdict: Read.
LA Times – A mouthwatering adventure.
New York Times – Like Mr. Bryson, Mr. Barlow has canny comic timing... What both writers get by on is cerebral charm that can verge on slapstick.
Yorkshire Post – A cracking read that’s impossible to put down.
Palm Beach Post – John Barlow demonstrates a vast love of language and, above all, the ability to tell a riveting yarn.
Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club' – John Barlow is the rare writer who can be playfully inventive, while deeply in touch with literary traditions.
Hollywood Reporter – A most compelling and delicious book.
Kirkus – Like T.C. Boyle, to whom he has been appropriately compared, Barlow paints personalities in broad strokes... Barlow’s lively imagination will carry along those who appreciate risk-taking fiction.
Charleston Post – ...masterfully written and paced, rich in back story and subplots. At times enthralling and at others heartbreaking... a rewarding novel by a gifted stylist.
Edmonton Journal – Barlow is a very fine writer, and exhibits genius in figuring out new ways to describe food.