Go bananas! I'm not suggesting that you flip out, go bonkers, or freak, I merely want to call your attention to an off-beat banana book that asks the eternally perplexing question How can you not love a banana? In answer, Susan Quick offers Go Bananas!, a bit of banana history, an introduction to the banana's botanical varieties, peeled-back trivia, and 150 irresistible recipes that will forever banish the notion that bananas are something you slice over corn flakes or mash into Aunt Tillie's banana bread. You'll find that bananas, never banal, are a boon and a bonus any time of day breakfast, lunch, and dinner, not to mention, smoothies, salads, divine desserts, and appealing appetizers. Don't miss this chance to explore "America's most versatile fruit" and be Top Banana yourself.

Sybil Pratt has been cooking up this column for more than five years.

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