Jump on in!!
This is the minimum you will need to produce a batch of beer in your kitchen. I recommend this route for an absolute beginner because it's cheap and easy and a small commitment in equipment.
From the homebrew shop or online:
- Hydrometer $6
- Red-Baron bottle-capper $18.50
- Caps $3-4
- Autosiphon $8-10 (optional but will make life easier)
From the Lowes or Home Depot:
- Two five gallon buckets and lids $7
- Some flexible tubing 5-6' $1.25
About $40-50 or so depending on taxes and whatnot.
You'll need a pot that'll hold at least 12 quarts but bigger is better. Eight quarts is possible but ill-advised.
Lastly, a copy of John Palmer's How To Brew
is invaluable; however, his site contains everything you need to know: http://www.howtobrew.com/
But you might like this from Northern Brewer: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/starter-kits/basic-starter-kit.html
The only reason I would buy NB's kit is the buckets are bigger and one is pre-drilled with a spigot, but you don't need that with the autosiphon. And the brush, fermentation lock and bottle washer aren't needed either.
Good luck and RDWHAHB!