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American grown : the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America /

by Obama, Michelle.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012Edition: 1st ed.Description: 271 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780307956026 :; 0307956024.Title notes: $30.00 6-2012 (db)Subject(s): White House Gardens (Washington, D.C.) | Kitchen gardens -- Washington (D.C.) | Gardening -- United States | Food habits -- United StatesSummary: Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States and the mother of two daughters. This sumptuously photographed guide by the First Lady describes how she and her daughters planted a vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn as part of an initiative to raise awareness about childhood obesity. 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. Her book speaks to these issues and also includes practical ideas, recipes, and resources as well as tips on how to begin a garden of any size, anywhere, how to support local farmers' markets, and advice for making healthier food choices.
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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.

$30.00 6-2012 (db)

Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-266) and index.

Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States and the mother of two daughters. This sumptuously photographed guide by the First Lady describes how she and her daughters planted a vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn as part of an initiative to raise awareness about childhood obesity. 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. Her book speaks to these issues and also includes practical ideas, recipes, and resources as well as tips on how to begin a garden of any size, anywhere, how to support local farmers' markets, and advice for making healthier food choices.

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Library Journal Review

Alarmed by rising childhood obesity rates, in 2009 the First Lady launched the White House Kitchen Garden. She hoped the garden would foster "a conversation about the food we eat, the lives we lead, and how all of that affects our children." Her book should do exactly that. Obama describes the garden, shares many stories of people (especially kids) in the garden, and includes short pieces by White House chefs and others, information about childhood obesity, and hints and recipes for preparing fresh produce. She also profiles several community gardens around the country, showing how they are improving people's health and quality of life. Though Obama includes a few pages of gardening advice, her book is less about how to garden than why to garden. She focuses on the power of food gardens to connect us with our food, the land, and one another-and in the process to transform our health as well as that of our children and our communities. Verdict Inspiring and beautifully illustrated, this book is highly recommended for readers interested in eating better, growing their own food, or enriching their communities.-Janet A. Crum, City of Hope Lib., Duarte, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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