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From the PublisherPraise for the first edition:
"What Masters and Johnson did for sex, Staten and Johnson do for barbecue."
- Willard Scott on “Today on NBC”
"REAL BARBECUE is the only restaurant guide I've ever sat down with and read straight through cover to cover...(It is) the single best book on barbecue I've ever read."
- The Washington Post
"At once serious and irreverently lighthearted. Keep it with you when traveling because you never know when you'll need it."
- The New York Times
"The ultimate barbecue book."
- Glamour magazine
"The funniest, most energetic and thorough book ever published on this down and dirty American original (cuisine)."
-New York Daily News
"This book is to barbecue what Rand-McNally is to maps."
"Johnson and Staten can write, they are funny, they know good stories, and they have done massive research. This is a book to send to one's friends like Christmas cards. These boys are doing the Lord's work."
- St. Petersburg Times
"An excellent job in covering a story that spanned the country and took them months and more than 40,000 miles to pin down...They're really good journalists and they did their homework."
- The Nashville Tennessean
"This is a helluva readable book...There's as much flavor in the writing as in the Rev. Noble Harris' sauce at House of Prayer Bar-B-Que in Fort Lauderdale...Toss this on the dash and hit the road."
- Gannett News Service
"(Staten and Johnson are) the nation's foremost experts on barbecue."
- Taxi magazine