Check out my top recommendations for your Kitchen, Pantry, and Reading!
All of these items I personally have in my kitchen, and can recommend from experience.
Rice and beans. That’s the bare minimum. You could survive on rice and beans and an Instant Pot for several years. Yes, that might be boring, but you could do it.
I will not recommend a cookbook unless I have tried at least two recipes from the cookbook and they actually turn out and taste good!