My favourite cook book at the moment is this one by Jamie Oliver. I've got about 400 cookbooks so it's fair to say I've got a few!
Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours
Basic recipes that are easy to follow and utterly delicious. I lent it to my neighbour and she's had to buy her own copy as she loves it too!
It's also the only cookbook I've used for months!
Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours - really is a practical and inpsirational book!