My first cookbook was called "Dad's Own Cookbook" and I bought it after reading it, cover to cover, at a house where I was babysitting. It's still pretty great, as it's unbelievably basic, teaching you things like how to cut an onion and how to boil an egg. The chocolate chip cookie recipe in that book makes the best cookies I have ever had and I think some of my relatives only love me because I bring those to family gatherings. They're unbelievably great.
Nowadays, I have a bunch of Cooking Light cookbooks, although for the most part I find recipes using their website. I like that because there is something that turns my stomach a little about seeing things like dried batter and flour on pages in a cookbook. A good solution would be to not be such a slob in the kitchen, but it's easier for me to just use the computer rather than try to undo several generations of evolution.
Typically my criteria for cooking is less than thirty minute recipes, with calories listed (because I am getting a little better but I still have issues, so shoot me) and skill levels of basic to intermediate.
I would really love to hear some suggestions of great cookbooks or websites where they have awesome recipes. Even specific recipe recommendations would be great. I need a little inspiration in the kitchen lately as it seems like every day I only want to eat turkey sandwiches and carrots and hummus.
Oh, and I am allergic to eel, so I know that eliminates a lot of suggestions. It's the cross I have to bear.