Would you like some gardening tips from Michelle Obama? How about some healthy recipes or ideas about how to increase your kids' physical activity? Now, would you like all that in book form or on your eReader?


I have the first details on Michelle Obama's first book, "American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities." The book is scheduled for publication on April 10, 2012 by Crown Publishers, an imprint of Random House, Inc.'s Crown Publishing Group. You can see the sneak peek at the cover (above) and this description from the publisher:


Through telling the story of the White House kitchen garden, Mrs. Obama will explore in "American Grown" how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve the health of families and communities across America. Mrs. Obama will describe how her daughters, Sasha and Malia, were catalysts for change in her own family's eating behavior, which inspired Mrs. Obama to plant an edible garden on the South Lawn — the first since Eleanor Roosevelt's "Victory Garden" planted during World War II. The book will be inspirational and instructive and will provide ideas and resources for readers to get involved in the movement to create community, school, and urban gardens, support local farmers markets, and make small lifestyle changes to achieve big health results.

The book will also include "practical ideas, recipes, resources and tips on how to begin a garden of any size, anywhere."


"American Grown" will be available in print and digital versions (no news on the price yet). Proceeds from the book will go to charities yet to be named, and Random House will also make a donation to a charity. Michelle Obama received no advance for writing the book.


After my recent trip to the White House where I had a first-hand look at the positive influence Michelle Obama has had with her Let's Move Campaign, her kitchen garden, and her work with local school children, I'm looking forward to this book. 


Will you be buying "American Grown?" I'm curious, if you do buy it, will you be buying the hardback or downloading the digital version? Me, I'll probably choose the hardback because I want to see the beautiful photos in that format.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.