While not exactly what you asked, I would recommend you start watching the Food Network, or the cooking shows on PBS. If all you are after are recipes, everything you could want is also on the internet. Just type in something you like and add recipe and see what happens.
There was a lot of good advice here, but I would like to echo what Nicholas Mosher said, and I also see suzyQ3's point.
BUT if you start learning the fundamentals of prepping and cooking food, the better off your future cooking should be. What good is having recipes if you can't execute the recipes properly? Yes, its a trial and error situation, you get better as you go along. But the sturdier your foundation is at the start, the easier your cooking future should be.
So I agree with Nicholas Mosher that you should look at text books like the PC.
I also like the following cookbooks for your situation ..
The Essentials Of Cooking
by James Peterson
This book has lots of nice color photos showing you how to do many "essential" kitchen tasks. This is a very easy book to follow and would make a good addition to any home cook's library. There are no meal recipes in this book, however, you will probably find it quite interesting and very useful!
Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques
by Jacques Pepin
Awesome book! A VERY useful intermediate cookbook that will teach you a great deal. Lots of black and white photos that demonstrate the "techniques". There are some nice recipes but this book isn't about recipes, its about learning.
La Varenne Pratique
by Anne Willan
This book is very much like "Complete Techniques" in that it is very thorough, but imo this book is much easier to follow, like "The Essentials Of Cooking". I own all the books that I talk about and this one is a favorite. Much more useful everyday cooking information, good color photos displaying all the steps, and there are lots of recipes that I like. GET THIS BOOK!!!
How To Cook Everything "The Basics"
by Mark Bittman
This is an easy cookbook to use. Lots of everyday recipes that you would probably enjoy. Buts thats all it is, a recipe book. To learn proper techniques, look to the above.
If you want American recipes you could look at An American Place
by Larry Forgione, but imo that might be a little over the top for you, not so if you have good culinary fundamentals. ;) The Joy Of Cooking is also a cool book, but I wouldn't jump into that one so fast.