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American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America [Hardcover]

Michelle Obama

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May 29 2012

In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn.  As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children. 
 
Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest.  Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil.  Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life.  Try the unique recipes created by White House chefs and made with ingredients just picked from the White House garden.  And learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school or community garden. 
 
Mrs. Obama’s journey continues across the nation as she shares the stories of other gardens that have moved and inspired her: Houston office workers who make the sidewalk bloom; a New York City School that created a scented garden for the visually impaired; a North Carolina garden that devotes its entire harvest to those in need; and other stories of communities that are transforming the lives and health of their citizens.  
 
In American Grown, Mrs. Obama tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of gardens across our nation, and reminds us all of what we can grow together.        


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Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States and the mother of two daughters.  In February 2010, she launched Let’s Move!, a nationwide initiative to address the epidemic of childhood obesity by bringing healthier food into schools and communities, and encouraging kids to be more active.  American Grown is her first book.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  146 reviews
143 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Put your politics aside June 13 2012
By JACQUELINE S. HARAD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book is beautifully presented and tries to offer information.
I am shocked at the negativity it has produced. As I expected, the negative reviewers were only interested in spewing hateful words and political outbursts.
I want to know what is happening to this country. At least I respect the office and the people in it, no matter their politics. Each election year brings more hatred than the last.
This book was written to highlight the danger our children and grandchildren are in with regard to their health. The first lady at least is trying to do something about it.
105 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the complete title please June 5 2012
By L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There have been complaints about this book not being about gardening in the respect that there is no practical information or tips. If one reads the complete title of the book they could not possibly misunderstand. It is simply the story of the White House kitchen garden and others. The miscreants that use a book review to showcase the political anger and resentment that is too prevalent in this country today need to spill their vile elswhere. This is just a book for Pete's sake, the proceeds from which will all be donated to the National Parks.
317 of 370 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She makes me proud May 29 2012
By Richard Cumming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
FedEx brought the book an hour ago and I whipped right through it. Wow, what a lovely book! It is coffee table sized and filled with marvelous photos. Our First Lady's charisma shimmers on these pages.

This story began on March, 20, 2009, as the Obamas were finally getting settled into the White House. Mrs. Obama's mother had just moved in and Michelle was contemplating something she had never done before, planting a garden. That was the day that they broke ground for the White House vegetable garden.

She takes readers back to other White House Gardens, most notably, to the Victory Gardens that helped to get our country through war. There are some wonderful old photos here.

This is a real hands on gardening book. It is broken down by seasons and there are illustrations of various garden plots. Obviously this book was a team effort. We meet the WH gardening team. There are all kinds of gardening tips, recipes, and anecdotes, here.

This book has so many wonderful photos and illustrations! I can't wait to try out this recipe for collard greens! This book makes me proud to be an American. Thanks to you, Mrs. Obama!
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well rounded book June 14 2012
By Patrick Faith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has had major input from a lot of experts, is very well rounded and has a lot of solid experiences even though the 1st Lady wrote it. For example she started the garden without boxed raised beds, and had some problems ... eventually she moved to raised beds and explains why. These simple experiences are what a lot of people need to understand that are getting into gardening. I found the historical background also very interesting, this book has been researched in detail ... pictures quality is also very high (I'd recommend getting this book as a physical copy, though I get 90% of my books on the kindle).
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many beautiful photograhs, too! June 13 2012
By K.Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a book about gardens and gardening, It features gardens and garden ideas
across the country, and spanning the seasons. There are delicious looking recipes at
the end of the book. We see and hear about the White House Garden, which I loved the
idea of from day one.

This book is about communities, generosity and nutrition. This is about children, the aging
and dogs . This is a book about everything you want to think about in the summer, and what
you should want to think about year round. Planning is one of the keys, sharing is another. And
of course, a garden gets us moving so it is very much a book about what is important to this first
lady. Children, nutrition, good healthy food and living. I will pick this up many times in the future.
It makes me smile :)

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