I would recommend Joy of Cooking --- Irma S. Rombauer
4500 Recipes (In the 75th Anniversary Issue) Lots of information, methods and instruction --- Check your local Library for a copy -- or book store.
I given several of these books as gifts to young "Home Chefs" --- It's well worth being in your collection of cookbooks..
Have Fun & Enjoy!
PS...Don't forget the old adage ... Practice, Practice, Practice!!
There is only one Quality worse than Hardness of Heart, and that is Softness of Head.
Kool-Aid...Think Before You Drink