Mark Bittmans How to Cook Everything https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764578650/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 -- basic and more advanced techniques, gives you basic recipes that you can alter and change to suit your needs
Jacques Pepin New Complete Techniques https://www.amazon.com/Jacques-P%C3%A9pin-New-Complete-Techniques-ebook/dp/B009XNXSJA/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=jacques+pepin&qid=1559510826&s=books&sr=1-1 -- Does an excellent job explaining basic cooking and baking techniques
Bittmans is particularly good because he offers an encyclopedic knowledge of meat, dairy, and produce, what types of dishes they are best in etc .. He also goes into the science behind cooking and baking. I'd recommend any of his books honestly
Cooking is a great challenge to tackle because a successful job is so satisfying- delicious food to eat!! This is the single cook book I keep on hand and with the internet you can look up videos on how to make anything. I recommend learning to cook rice and beans in a pan first, since that basic hearty dish is cheap af and can be dressed up infinite ways.