Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Fifteenth Edition
Sub Category: Cocktail Books
Author(s): Simon Difford
Published: September 2020
Format: Hardback (case bound)
“Have you seen the price your books are online and when is the next one out?” paraphrases the emails I’ve been receiving. And I have, as much as £298.41 for a used copy of Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Twelfth Edition. Please don’t buy one at any price!
We published the last English language edition of our book, the Twelfth Edition, back in July 2016. Our French publisher, Marabout, sold their edition of this book much quicker than we did, so they asked me to send them new cocktails and amends so they could publish a 13th edition.
Then early last year, Bill, our long-suffering UK book distributor started asking when we’d be producing a new book as he'd sold out of the last English edition. Plus, our French friends asked for a 14th edition.
Truth is I’m constantly updating cocktails on this website and we add 400+ new cocktails to the site each year, so I don’t really think about when to write a new edition, it’s more a case of when there's been sufficient change to the cocktails on this website to justify selecting 3,000 of them for a new book.
That point had most definitely come last year and I delivered the copy for the 14th French edition last summer. However, in the UK we self-publish so there’s no deadline set under a contract with a third-party publisher and as I worked through the copy for the 14th edition I noticed things I’d like to change and improve. So for the English edition I started what I thought would be a few weeks of adding and tweaking. In fact, I’m working on it and I’ve already added and changed so much that I’ve decided it's best I jump straight to the next edition, Difford's Guide to Cocktails Fifteenth Edition.
The extra time has also allowed me to re-make a lot of our old recipes for Dan, our long-standing photographer and designer, to reshoot so the photography is much improved. Dan has also tweaked his design and we’re updating the front ‘how to’ section, plus adding a 50,000 word encyclopaedia section.
This will be the best and most comprehensive cocktail book we have ever produced with the majority of the 3,000+ cocktails, each accompanied by a photograph, new or updated from our last edition. We were expecting to publish this May 2020 but due to Covid-19 closing our printer and distributor we now hope to publish in September.
Difford's Guide to Cocktails Fifteenth Edition will have a cover price of £33. If you’d like to be one of the first to receive the new book, hot off the press, please register your interest above.