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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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Book Description

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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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307956026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956026
  • ASIN: 0307956024
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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143 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Put your politics aside June 13, 2012
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.
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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the complete title please June 5, 2012
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.
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317 of 370 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She makes me proud May 29, 2012
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!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many beautiful photograhs, too! June 13, 2012
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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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well rounded book June 14, 2012
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).
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiring Book June 16, 2012
By Modesto
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I would recommend purchasing this book because of the inspiring story about doing something to improve our children's and adults health through growing nutritional fruits and vegetables in a kitchen garden. The book layout is done well and easy to read. The book will encourage everyone to get involved in making positive changes in our lives by improving our health and that of our children through healthy foods.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! She never ceases to amaze... June 16, 2012
By Maried
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across AmericaShe has really created a treasure. This is an inspiring book of stories, pics, tips and a bit of history. I love it and my son (10 year old) is so excited that it was written with him in mind. "It feels so good to have someone so important care about us" (per my son about kids in America). My son has no political agenda, nor does this book. She makes no money on this book, but she is very proud of it none the less. I bought it along with a step-by-step how to book on gardening as this is my second year gardening and I am not very good. I knew this book was not a how to gardening book, and I knew it would inspire me. I look forward to using this beautiful book to help me create a garden that will bring my son closer to eating veggies because the only ones he eats right now are the ones I sneak in (thank you Miss Chase Lapine and Jessica Simpson for your sneaky and deceptive booksThe Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food). This book gives me hope for all of the over-weight kids out there that may decide they want a garden, hey, you never know. Benefiting from the fruits of your labor is an awesome message.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very informative
Great book, very informative. Very glad to own a copy!
Published 1 month ago by H.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Michelle Obama for an amazing book!
Thank you Michelle Obama for an amazing book!!!The recipes are wonderful...I would not expect anything less from you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liane
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
I haven't finished this book, and I would have a hard time classifying it. It's more about building community through gardening than anything else. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gum
1.0 out of 5 stars Posing with vegetables
Just where did Michelle acquire all of this gardening knowledge? Incredible!
Published 2 months ago by Roger Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars gift or keep
what a great book to share or to have for yourself when looking for a relaxing and interesting read nice
Published 6 months ago by Larry Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I have read excerpts from this book to my reading group and I have used some of the recipes for the book. It is beautifull illustrated and a pleasure to have in my collection. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beverly T. Lynds
5.0 out of 5 stars Michelle Obama's home gardening how-to book
This book is wonderful! This book is down to earth and the illustrations are great.
This book is very informative.
Published 8 months ago by 2nd-Hand Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This is inspiring for everyone to realize how important eating right is to our society and especially our children. Mrs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Hamblin
2.0 out of 5 stars They failed to test the soil for contamination before they first...
In her introduction, Mrs. Obama states her initial doubts about starting a garden. One of them wasn't feeding lead-contaminated veggies to dignitaries & children, but that's what... Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book by a Beautiful Lady
I love the stories and information in the books. The pictures are magnificent and I especially love the seasonal garden plan layouts. Great gift idea.
Published 9 months ago by Juliette Becton
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Is There Nothing Michelle Can't do?
If you don't like either one of the Obama"s then just don't participate in anything that has to do with them. Let us that love them give them our praises!!! Go support your republican counter parts and keep your mouth shut about the Obamas. What's so hard about that. We don't need to hear... Read More
Jun 12, 2012 by B. Featherson |  See all 19 posts
What are the author's qualifications?
Readers and gardeners don't really care why she wrote this material, if it is helpful and an interesting read. What concerns 'most' people is that so many refuse to acknowledge that Mrs. Obama - The First Lady is an advocate for many things. None of which are hatred, slander, racism, disrespect,... Read More
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