Welcome to DC. You'll find lots of help here. Just ask and ask and ask.
As for cookbooks, I'd recommend the New Taste of Home Cookbook see here
I reviewed it just before it came out and I think it's one of the most comprehensive "basic" cookbooks on the market. Has great explanations and wonderful photographs. A super "tool" for those who wish to learn or are novice cooks.
Stick with Discuss Cooking and you'll learn more than you knew to ask and gain a new family, too.
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