Who doesn't start a siphon with their mouth?? It gives you that sour, tangy taste that you love!
I haven't seen that book, but John Palmer's How to Brew 3rd Edition is excellent so far. I also have an older copy of Papazian's Complete Joy of Homebrewing and that is also an excellent reference.
The best place to get the latest techniques, though, is right here on the forums. Maybe not quite as handy as a book you can flip through, but sometimes it pays to simply ask.