I agree - I love DGB and frequently use it as a reference for beer design. I did a review on it a while back here
. It is targeted towards the intermediate to advanced brewer however. I'm reading through "The Brewing Handbook" now, though it is more technical and less practical than Daniels' book.
Other good books for beginners include Palmer's How to Brew and the old classic Papazian Joy of Home Brewing books (though a bit dated now).