More stuff for the bookhoard. I picvked up The Compleat Meadmaker (K. Schramm) and The Great American Beer Book (J. Robertson). Schramm is touted as the definitive name in Meadmaking, and the book is easy to read and covers a breadth of meadmaking topics.
The Beer Book OTOH is a bit dated, but contains descriptions of and names of a tremendous number of beers and breweries including histories and even gossip. Also includes suggestions on how to rate and compare beers, and a history of beer. Lots of illustrations and even color plates. Not bad for a 30+ year old book that cost me 50¢.