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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Obama Narrator: Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yossesand Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780449808573
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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, 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; learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes, and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil; and get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth. You can also 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charming and thought-provoking…American Grown is a warm and personable record of [Michelle Obama’s] very public garden’s changing seasons.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Heavner | 2/14/2014

    " A good quick read -- with a few entangled purposes. First the description of the White House Garden, then good interludes on everything from bee keeping to proper selection and storage of "seasonally appropriate" (or seasonally available) veggies from the White House chefs. And finally aspects on battling childhood obesity by looking at historical trends, dietary (school breakfast/lunch) trends, and "get active" programs. I liked the overarching organization by the seasons. It was inspiring to get out and do more gardening and farmer's market shopping -- never a bad thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice Beever | 2/10/2014

    " I actually admire Michelle Obama for her fight against child obesity. This is a serious issue in our country and one we can't ignore. This book tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden she started as a symbol of healthy eating, and it also tells the story of other community and school gardens across the country. There were some basic gardening tips for the novice gardener (which I am) as well as some recipes at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/10/2014

    " Very cool book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Daniels-zeller | 2/10/2014

    " I didn't expect this book to be so inspiring. I liked learning about the history of gardens in the White House and the profiles of community gardens across the country was a big bonus. I was happy to see a profile of the original Picardo P-Patch community garden in Seattle. One of my friends used to garden there. I was a little suprised about the section devoted to Michelle Obama's Childhood Obesity program, but the garden was inspired to encourage young people to make healthy food choices. The recipes in this book were also a bonus. It's one of the few "eat local food books" that invites vegetarians to the table. Who doesn't want more vegetable inspiration? Most of the recipes are vegan friendly since they focus on vegetables and most of those that aren't can be made vegetarian or vegan. I'm not sure the high fat desserts fit into a childhood obesity program (1 cup of butter in a recipe is a lot!) , but I was intrigued enough to make the White Chocolate Cherry Cookies. I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 2/10/2014

    " The book was good, but it turns out the I personally am more interested in how they use the food than how they grow it. So I was not that interested in the gardening tips. I tried a couple of the recipes they provided in the back, but neither turned out very well. I most enjoyed that section that talked about Mrs. Obama's Let's Move initiative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene B. | 2/3/2014

    " Borrowed from the library. Very lovely pictorial presentation of the White House garden, its history and current developments. Fits particularly well into my "terraforming" my yard into an organic mixed plant-fruit-berry-veggie garden. No more grass! I particularly enjoyed how each season was represented. The recipes are good. I made rhubarb-strawberrry pie after finishing the book. I also ordered copies for myself and my son. It's a keeper! Profits from this book go to the Parks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 San Frazier | 1/30/2014

    " So I just really checked this book out to see what her thoughts on the whole gardening thing was. Let me just say I was so not diappointed this book was fabulous. THe picstures and recipes where so beautiful, They were just lovely . The book was full of white house history and gardens around our country, It was perfect . Just WOW. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/28/2014

    " Very enjoyable for anyone who has an interest in gardening and local food movements and healthy food initiatives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/19/2014

    " I loved mixing two of my favorite subjects, politics and the environment in one book. It was well done and useful, not just pontifications. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duxcaelo | 12/16/2013

    " Bright and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Corbett | 11/28/2013

    " Great illustrations, some good information. Mostly an "inspiration" book. I wish there had been more how-to's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia Bennett | 7/17/2013

    " This is a fantastic read and I especially enjoyed the anecdotes about past gardening efforts at the White House. There were also a few recipes, which was a surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Ulmes | 7/11/2013

    " This is a charming book about the garden at the White House and about the history of gardening and landscaping at the President's home complete with recipes from the White House chefs. It was easy to read with beautiful pictures of the development of the garden by seasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Starr | 1/12/2013

    " This book has a variety of information about gardening, plotting, the Obama administration and American history. Although not in depth on any particularly topic, it is great light reading book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 1/10/2013

    " I liked that Michelle seems genuinely interested in this cause. I have been on a waiting list at my library, so it must still be popular. It was well done, even if it was ghost written, it conveys a genuine concern. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/28/2012

    " This is a great book about Mrs. Michelle Obama transforming part of the White House lawn into a garden. The garden helps the community by inviting others to partipate and partake in the bounty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 11/14/2012

    " A book with beautiful photographs, good receipes, tips for a home garden, and stories of the White House kitchen garden and others around the country. Have even more admiration for Michelle Obama who chooses to put her energy into things that really matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 11/13/2012

    " First Lady Michelle Obama is so awesome. Let's grow stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 9/14/2012

    " I love the FLOTUS! Just say YES to gardening, healthier eating and getting active to improve fitness. The obesity epidemic is a national tragedy. Thank you, Michelle, for your efforts to improve the health of our nation's children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/10/2012

    " I really liked this book, very inspiring to garden year round and eat healthy in general. I would have liked to see more recipes, but perhaps the First Lady can write another book with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephenie | 8/29/2012

    " This is a fun book. I love the beautiful photos, Bo looks so happy in the garden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 7/16/2012

    " i liked this book - it was hopeful and informational and pretty. i like it when you see good examples coming out of our Nation's representatives. Long live the Victory/ White House/ and Monticello's gardens!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bkh4 | 7/7/2012

    " I loved all the stories about community gardens and community programs. Very inspiring!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 5/29/2012

    " I love love loved this book! It was so inspiring and educating. Full of gardening tips, recipes and motivation. I've always loved eating my veggies but I'm definitely going to change some eating habits in this new year! "

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About the Author
Author Michelle ObamaMichelle 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.