The average American consumes more than 28 pounds of bananas a year. Yet, surprisingly, there has never been a definitive book about bananas--until now. Filled with 150 recipes that use bananas in every imaginable way, this book offers easy-to-follow instructions for such favorites as banana breakfast crepes drizzled with strawberry maple syrup, crisp fried green plantains dipped in a firey Carribean pepper sauce, and sea bass filets grilled in aromatic banana leaves. Readers will also find recipes for caramelized banana cream pie, healthful smoothies, hearty vegetarian dishes, cool banana cocktails and yes, the ultimate banana bread stuffed with chunks of dark chocolate. Also sprinkled with banana facts and legends, this comprehensive cookbook is certain to have everyone going bananas over this beloved fruit.