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American Grown by Michelle Obama
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Jul 13, 12

bookshelves: food, nonfiction, light-read
Read on July 13, 2012

I was hoping that this book would go in-depth about the White House garden and its planning stages and the maintenance required so that it would inspire others to try planting their own gardens. Unfortunately, this is not what this book is about. Luckily, the First Lady is very charming and enthusiastic, so this book was still enjoyable, because it is actually a primer on her own goals during the administration.

Each chapter is named after a season, but the writing is not limited to a seasonal theme (though the plans and pictures of the last year's garden at each season is included, as well as some delicious-looking healthy recipes for that season's produce). Instead, she talks about the White House Garden (Spring), community gardens around the country (Summer), getting children involved and eating better (Fall), and the importance of exercise (Winter). It's mostly superficial and broadly rendered, but Mrs. Obama graciously includes profiles of several people around the country who are making a difference, and the book is a nice starting point since it provides inspiration as well as information on how you can take action.
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