Sambrooks helps, but it has just the very basic fundaments and don’t contain nice color figures. I want a book to be in the library for the beginners to be introduced in the molecular biology technics.
Why do you need colour figures? If the images get the point across, then surely the job is done... I find, for beginner teaching purposes, the fundamentals are what you need, anything over and above that is just filling the gaps and often not that useful.
Have a search on google books - my first hit was a book all about molecular biology and biotechnology.