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Michelle Obama publishing gardening book

"American Grown," by Michelle Obama

"American Grown," by Michelle Obama (Credit: Handout)

I'm sure you all remember that back in March, 2009, Michelle Obama and crew broke ground on the first White House kitchen garden (get details here) since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden, planted during World War II. Well, next April, just a little more than 3 years later, the first lady will become a published author when her first book, "American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspired Families, Schools and Communities," hits bookstores. You might remember when I told you about the book deal back in March (if you missed it, you can read about it here.)

The whole point of the kitchen garden is help promote Mrs. Obama's mission to fight childhood obesity and get the whole country to eat better. Plus, she has said, her own family had fallen victim to the busy-family-fast-food lifestyle and she was concerned about the health of her children. Now, we're told, the family eats fruits and vegetables grown right on the White House lawn, and share the surplus with the needy.

The book explores how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America, and provides ideas and resources for readers to get involved in the movement to create community, school, and urban gardens, support local farmers’ markets, and make small lifestyle changes to achieve big health results.

Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, says the book will be issued simultaneously in print and digital editions, and the print edition will be "a gorgeously illustrated four-color hardcover that includes stunning photographs of the White House garden and Mrs. Obama throughout the seasons, as well as other community and school gardens from around the country." Word has it the book also will include recipes.

Crown says the first lady did not accept an advance for the book and will donate net proceeds to charity. 

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