This is one of my "must have" books (of any genre). For cooking basics, practice using the instructional videos on Rouxbe. For recipes, I like Cooksillustrated.com the best. And if you're looking for just a handful of easy recipes, just follow the videos on StartCooking.com (simple stuff like pork chops, chicken stir fry, scallops, shrimp scampi, even Tex-Mex cheeseburgers).
Versatile, from the basics to advanced, and gives many ways to customize according to your preferences. Really builds your confidence if a beginner, and great for new ideas for an experienced but stuck in a rut home cook.