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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by Debbie | 2/10/2014

    " Very cool book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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. "

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