Good news, America and UK-based readers: The paperback version of Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits is coming soon to bookstores near you.
Last year the Penguin Random House China did the world a great service by publishing my guide to Chinese hooch, the first of its kind in the English language. Within its pages is all the information one would require to understand to differentiate types of baijiu—tastes, categories, production methods, regional characteristics, etc—and an in-depth overview of major brands and distilleries. Make no mistake, this is the blueprint for putting together a bitchin’ Chinese liquor cabinet and annoying your friends with pointless baijiu trivia. What’s more it’s sleek, glossy and small enough to slip into your back pocket. There was only one hitch, if you were based outside of China you could only purchase the electronic version, which is also wonderful (everyone should buy at least ten copies of both versions) but perhaps less appealing to a tree-killing luddite like me.
Now Amazon informs me that we have a release date: November 1, 2015. And at $16.95 (£11.43 in the UK) it’s a steal. Pre-order your own Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits today, and I will personally sign each copy.*
Did I mention that Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner?
*Signing contingent on us both being in the same room and at least one of us possessing a pen.