The Lands Between is full of essential resources. Thankfully, Elden Ring has introduced a crafting system to take advantage of all these abundant resources. However, one must first obtain a crafting kit before one can begin crafting with said items. Be sure to keep this in mind - you'll be limited in what you can craft until you find new cookbooks, which are scattered throughout the world.
From the first "Grace Point" in the open world, “First Steps”, go north past the Tree Sentinel to find the “Church of Elleh” and a similarly named grace point. At the church, you'll find the traveling salesman Kale. He'll sell you the crafting kit for 300 runes, which is practically a steal for all the value it provides. Kale also sells three cookbooks to expand your crafting capabilities.
Kale also sells a torch which is a must-buy since you'll need it to explore the dark caves and dungeons throughout the lands.