If your cooking repertoire consists of boiling water and microwaving a tray of Stouffer's Lasagna then its high time you head over to a William's Sonoma, stock up on some essential cookware, and get this book: What to Cook and How to Cook It ($40 - Phaidon). The book features step by step directions on how to cook great meals like Spaghetti Carbonara and even Prawn Pad Thai. Trust us on this, the ladies will love you more for it. Link
Phaidon's Italian Cooking School shows you how to master a proper gelato
For the aspiring gelati expert.