book cover for American Grown

Today, Michelle Obama’s first book “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America” is finally available for purchase. Originally scheduled for publication early last month, some delays pushed the publication date to today.

Last fall, I had the opportunity to tour the White House kitchen garden with White House chef and policy advisor Sam Kass, learn about the bees kept near the garden with beekeeper Charlie Brandts, and watch as first lady Michelle Obama harvested vegetables with students from nearby schools. It was quite an experience.

Anyone curious about the story of the White House kitchen garden and hoping to get a glimpse of the flourishing garden that grows food for both the White House and Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington, D.C., can see a lot of what I saw on my tour by flipping through the book. The book also contains information about Michelle Obama’s efforts to get everyone across the country gardening — efforts that have been fairly successful. Several White House recipes round up the book’s contents.

USA Today has an extensive interview with Michelle Obama that’s worth a read (and answers the question whether the first lady will seek political office herself after her husband is out of the White House).

Watch as journalist Susan Page talks about her experience interviewing Michelle Obama for the piece.

Is “American Grown” on your summer reading list? It’s a book that perhaps I should have included last week on my summer reads for food lovers list, but it hadn’t been published yet so I overlooked it. There’s always room for one more book, right?

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