FLOTUS writes book on edible gardening
October 24th, 2011
08:06 PM ET
11 years ago

FLOTUS writes book on edible gardening

Washington (CNN) – First lady, wife, mother, careerist, fashionista - Michelle Obama can now add "author" to her list of credentials.

Obama has written a book that highlights one of her most visible initiatives as first lady: promoting better nutrition and edible gardening as a means for Americans to get and stay healthy.

"American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities" aims to explore "how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve the health of families and communities across America," according to a press release issued Monday by the Crown Publishing Group.

"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 first lady did not accept an advance for the book and will donate all proceeds to a charity to be revealed later, the statement says. Random House Inc., Crown Publishing Group's parent, will also make a donation to a charity.

The book will be on sale nationwide starting April 10.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jesus Fan

    I look forward to seeing this book in print.

    October 24, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler

    The food police, but in a nice way.

    October 24, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe we will all start to grow a few things. That should give us a greater appreciation of what the small family farmer goes through.

    October 24, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Marvin

    I am so frugging inspired by our national food expert. How can I possibly wait until next April? ...or November?

    October 24, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. pjoesmith

    For the first time in my adult life, I proud of my crunchy celery!

    October 24, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Tish


    October 24, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Truthseeker

    She is so lovely! I'll definitely be buying this book. And donating all of the proceeds? I'd like to see a Republican do that, ever.

    October 24, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Steve-Illinois

    I think I just threw up in my mouth!

    October 24, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  9. Can we have her for president?

    She's probably the best thing that happened to this country in years.

    October 24, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  10. Heroic Slug


    This crap needs to stop. Just say "First Lady" or "President".

    Does saving four letters prevent four tees from getting cut down or something? Give me a break.

    October 25, 2011 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  11. Njfinest2009

    Nice thing you are doing Michelle, Gotta love this woman! God bless you and the first family!

    October 25, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  12. Portland tony

    Growing a Victory garden would be cool. Imagine fresh stuff. First ladies are exempt from homeowners associations rules. I'm not!

    October 25, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  13. A. Goodwin

    I love Michelle Obama! Not only do I think its fantastic that she is talking about childhood obesity, but I think its awesome that the proceeds of this book will go to charity.

    October 25, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. westward

    Fruits and vegetables – natures medicine.

    October 25, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |