I started cooking as a boy scout and for a year or two when I was 12 ish my sibs and I each had to plan and cook a meal 1 friday a month. The first 3 cookbooks I ever owned were wedding gifts. We got the Better Homes and Gardens, The Ladies Home Journal and a church published collection of recipes.
I still have them. I havent opened the BHG in 15 years or more, the LHJ I still use for biscuits, corn breads and such, and if I want to get an idea of a basic start on something standard. An recent example is that I wanted to make mushroom fritters so I grabbed the LHJ and looked up fritters to get the base batter. The cool find that day was that they had an Avocado fritter recipe, I had been contemplating cooking avocados and that recipe gave me a great start.