To someone who is unfamiliar with cookery, the sheer amount of information can make ones head swim! There’s always room for tweaking to personal preference, but when I started expanding my knowledge I was utterly befuddled by all the tools and gadgets and the myriad of spices the world has to offer.
There’s a lot of stuff out there; a lot of really cool things and a lot of things you really don’t need. So, for basic cookery I’ve put together lists, divided by sections, on the handy items to have around. If you decide to delve further into specific foods obviously you can expand your kitchen, but for now this’ll do ya just fine.
Frying is its own realm of cookery, though can extend slightly into baking, as with beignets which are a type of doughnut. People all over the world fry foods in oil and have done so for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Perhaps you simply do not wish to implement frying into your life, but if you do, this is a good place to start.