Cooking With Bananas
by David Woods

ISBN: 0595242731
Format: Paperback, 172pp
Pub. Date: August 2002 Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
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The cookbook is about using bananas in different type of recipes. The recipes are designed for common bananas; exotic types are best eaten raw. Cooking With Bananas from breakfasts to delicious soups or salads, fixing bananas as a main dish or bananas in side dishes. The cookbook have lovely drinks for that wild quench. Easy recipes for banana lovers to dieters. Bananas are not just for banana bread and dessert as you'll see from "COOKING WITH BANANAS" recipes. Bananas are good for just about everybody from infants to the elderly. "COOKING WITH BANANAS" cookbook have a few ways to use them to make the day more nourishing. Bananas make eating and delicious.

Free Recipe from "Cooking With Bananas":

Hawaiian Rice

1 green tipped banana, cut in cubes
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced 1 (8 oz.) can pineapple chunks in unsweetened juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried leaf basil
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3 ounces lean cooked ham, cut in cubes
1/2 cup diced waterchestnuts
2 cups cold cooked rice Ground black pepper

Place wok over medium heat. When hot, add banana, bell peppers and onion; stir fry for 1 minute. Drain juice from pineapple, reserving pineapple sprinkle about 2 tablespoons juice over hot banana mixture. Reserve remaining juice for another use. Cover and steam until banana gives off some liquid. Increase heat to high; add basil, ginger, ham, pineapple chunks and waterchestnuts; stir fry 30 second. Stir in rice, lifting and tossing until ingredients are hot. Season to taste with black pepper.

Makes 4 servings


Reviewed by: Heather Froeschl

If I ever get stranded on an island covered with banana plants, I hope I have a copy of this book with me! David has covered the complete possibilities of the banana in “Cooking With Bananas”. Call me conservative but I’ll likely stick to the bread and dessert sections. However, for the more daring there are such dishes as Chicken and Banana Casserole, Banana Citrus Seafood Stew and Tropical Fruit Stir fry.

I don’t know if Elvis preferred mayonnaise on his “Nanna” sandwiches or not, but David offers a recipe for one. My kids are very interested in the sweets section, including the Banana Nut Pops and Frozen Chocolate Bananas. Whatever gets them to eat more fruit is fine with me!

David has been kind enough to give us a little introduction to this versatile fruit, with nutrition values and choices of varieties available. I love David’s cookbooks. They offer a new look at staple foods, with a unique twist. The occasional typo, here and there, only adds to the charm of these titles. Have fun with your food!

Cooking With Bananas
David Woods
Writers Club Press/, Inc.
2021 Pine Lake Road, #100, Lincoln, NE 68512
0595242731 $14.95

David Woods first learned to cook at the age of 12. He found that he not only liked it, he had a flair for developing original and creative recipes of his own and did so as a life-long hobby. In Cooking With Bananas we find that bananas have a lot more going for them than just being sliced up on our morning cereal, split along side scoops of ice cream, or made into banana bread! Indeed, Cooking With Bananas features wealth of enthusiastically recommended, banana oriented recipes well suited for breakfast and brunch; drinks, shakes and punches; soups, salads, and sandwiches; main dishes and side dishes, breads; desserts; treats for kids of all ages; even salsas, sauces, and jams! From Baked Banana with Almonds and Honey; Banana Apricot Salad; Sweet Potato and Banana Casserole; and Banana, Wild Rice, Chicken and Apple Hash; to Banana Coconut Bread; Banana Satin Smooth Cream Pie; Banana Granola Bars; Strawberry Banana Freeze; and Apple Banana Papaya Salsa, Cooking With Bananas offers a cornucopia of easy-to-make, delicious to eat dishes showcasing the versatility and palate pleasing properties of one of America's most popular fruits!

Star Tribune - Published 12/19/2002

(Writers Club Press). Who knew bananas had so many uses? David Woods weaves bananas into more than 100 recipes, ranging from banana rum ice cream to chicken and banana casserole. In his simple paperback cookbook, Woods will teach you more about bananas -- "the perfect fruit" -- than you'd ever thought you'd know. Efforts such as banana quiche and chicken-banana stir-fry might not suit all, but if you like bananas, you'll find this very a-peeling.

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