Gleason, WI, USA
A good translation, but perhaps not the best. (BTW, I own this particular translation and edition.) Necessary reading, a "Great Book" (as selected by Mortimer Adler and the Great Books Foundation). If you're a Christian, I'd recommend reading the commentary on NE by St. Thomas Aquinas.
BTW, the best philosophical discourse on friendship is to be found in NE, "Book" VIII and "Book" IX.
Mark Bittman's books are fantastic. His video podcast, well, that's another story. But this book, like his others (and I own most of them), is superb. I'm not a vegetarian, but I use this book to get ideas for cooking vegetables -- and I cook a lot of vegetables.
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).