The best resource for making Mead, Spruce Beer, or any kind of home-made hooch I've found. Exhaustively researched, it's chock full of interesting anecdotes, fascinating historical and literary references, and more recipes than you can well brew in a lifetime. I love this book.
My first batch of mead isnpired by this book did not prosper but that is soley my own fault as a beginner making stupid mistakes. I have high hopes for the next batch of Mead I've got cooling on the stove as I type.