Well, I'm not a beginning cook any more, but I teach a lot of them.
Welcome to the boards!
I suggest it is not about "The Cuisine." that is recipe driven, and as a beginner, techniques will get you the farthest. Don't know where you live, but a good "Basic Techniques" course at a local cooking school or adult ed center is a great way to get started. If you are far from one of those, Jacques Pépin has a great set of dvds that cover basic techniques. That would be like having him in the kitchen with you, except you couldn't ask questions.
Knife skills are, to me, the first thing to learn, and I usually teach them in a series of 3 classes combined with other basic techniques, called "How to Boil Water and Other Essentials." You can also register in many places for a single class on knife skills that will get you off on the right foot. As in learning any subject, learning correct ways of doing things the first time eliminates the need to unlearn bad habits.
You have definitely come to a good place to get great tips from lots of experienced cooks! Have fun. Above all, cooking should be fun!