The topic of "cookbooks for beginners" is fraught with peril. You have two extremes: the first assumes that you need information not only on cheddar and bleu cheese, but on strange exotic cheeses with French names. The other extreme is embarrassingly insulting, and tends to make awkward use of slang like "yo dawg" and "to the extreme" which comes off about as convincing as when your dad does it.
Booty Food is a Cosmopolitan Magazine level look at the art and stagecraft of cooking. It goes well beyond cooking and the predictable topic of aphrodisiac foods, and edges into the territory of advice about how to prep your home for a date (clean it up) how to do a tequila body shot (lasciviously) and so forth.
I purchased Eva Batt’s Vegan Cooking: Recipes for Beginners when I was in college and bent on becoming a vegan. After months of trying, I finally realized that I simply wasn’t cut out to be a vegan (though I could do vegetarian easily enough)—but that a few vegan recipes and meals a week were certainly delicious and easy enough to prepare.