Thanks a lot! The book is Knitting rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka Yarn Harlot
), it's worth buying, however your library might have it as well, if you just want a taste.
The 'sock recipe' is written so well (and so deliciously funny) that I just memorized the steps. Basically, you measure you foot, get a swatch for your yarn/needles, get gauge, cast on -- and the rest is just based on the number of stitches you have. To make your life easier, it should be even.
There is also a pattern, line by line, if it's a more comfortable format to follow.