Last year, I posted two booklets from the Fruit Dispatch Company of New York, a subsidiary of United Fruit (now Chiquita). At the time, I wasn't aware that the company had published so many guides devoted to the world's third most popular fruit. Bananas...how to serve them (1941) is another basic handbook for banana lovers. Stomach churning recipes like Banana Meat Loaf are only the tip of the iceberg; the real draw to these books are the anthropomorphic illustrations. I would love to know the identity of the illustrator because his or her work moves me deeply. For a look at yet another Fruit Dispatch booklet, head over to Dinosaur Casserole and be amazed at the Salad Seer!
Note: This cookbook is so packed with good bits (and 28% of your daily required Vitamin B6), that I'm going to split the book up into three posts. A large amount of bonus (and enlarged) scans of the illustrations will be available in my Flickr set devoted to these banana books. New scans will be added there over the next three posts, as well.
Front cover - Various sweet items.. and Banana Scallops with Ham
Professor Peel says, 'For eating as a fresh fruit...Bananas are best when fully ripe.' And, if you don't want a warning from Sheriff Plantain, you'd better not store your next bunch in the refrigerator!
Baked Bananas can be 'served hot as a vegetable or as a dessert with cream or a hot fruit sauce'!
Mixed Banana Grill
French Fried Bananas In A New Style - Banana Scallops
Rock, Scotch Egg, or Banana Fritter?
Stay tuned for the next two installments of Bananas...how to serve them, and don't forget to check out my Flickr set for a greater array of illustrations and enlargements!