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Here ya go, OP.
Good luck cooking with the kids.
Dad's Own Cookbook - Bob Sloane. Covers how to shop for food, how to read recipes, how to cut things, a bunch of easy but ridiculously delicious recipes, how to have people over for dinner. I still use it.
[Dad's Own Cookbook] (https://www.amazon.com/Dads-Own-Cookbook-Bob-Sloan/dp/0761142142) is an incredible primer for kids-- though I got it when I was in my twenties. Very simple and easy to approach.
I've been spending a lot of time with Dad's Own Cookbook. I'm not a dad, but this is geared towards the culinarily challenged (plus, it was on the clearance rack for $2), and chicks dig dudes that cook, right?
Some great tips here. "Dumpster diving" can indeed be a good way to get cheap furniture when you're young. Use common sense; literally diving into dumpsters isn't the best idea, but a lot of people who live in apartment complexes will 'throw away' stuff they know someone else could use by just setting it near a dumpster, so keep your eyes open. This is particularly true in places where college students live at the end of a semester, so the next few weeks are really a prime time to cruse college neighborhood dumpsters.
Yard sales (aka garage sales or tag sales depending on where you live) are also a great way to get all kinds of things for cheap. They're also a great way to get to know your neighborhood. Take a Saturday morning and either look for signs posted around, or pick up the newspaper and check the classifieds for the yard sale section.
It's generally a good idea to get one credit card while you are young, to build your credit. The credit rating companies can't give you a score until you've done something they can base it on, and just getting one card and being responsible with it does the job. Use it sparingly, and when you do use it pay off the entire balance every month. That way you don't have to pay any interest on it.
I highly recommend this cookbook (or one like it). Most cookbooks make a lot of assumptions about what you already know, and this one gives you the basics. Cooking tip: always read the whole recipe before you begin, to make sure you have all the equipment you will need and that you've done any chopping or the like that needs to happen before things start to cook. You don't want to have a pot of something boiling when you realize that the next ingredient needs to be finely diced before you can add it.
Dad's own cookbook As a single dad, we were eating frozen Costco meals five times a week. I checked this book out from my library and renewed it three times before I finally bought my own copy. I've given as a gift many, many times. Get this book!
If you're intimidated by big thick books like JOC, try my favorite beginner's guide, Dad's Own Cookbook. It's actually intended for kitchen-phobic fathers to bond with their kids over food, but it can be used by anybody.