There should be a bunch of these threads. This is the first one I remembered.
You can get roughly the same basic kit in many different places. As I wrote in the thread above, if you can find a local homebrew shop to buy a starter kit from, you may spend a little more than some of the larger online stores, but you will get other benefits (advice, local assistance) that may be priceless.
In terms of what kind of recipe, the easiest place to start is a kit. Most starter brewing kits come with a recipe kit as well. If not, the seller should at least offer one. An ale will probably be an easier starting point than a lager. I'd recommend you pick an ale you like (pale ale, blond ale, stout, amber) and go for that. Its always good to enjoy the style you're brewing.
If you have any other questions, feel free to post them. You'll get a lot of good information and many opinions in return.