First Lady Michelle Obama has written a gardening book that focuses on healthy living. Titled American Grown, the book gives hundreds of tips and recipes that will not break the bank or weight scale.


When asked about her new project Michelle said, “I don’t want this book or anything we’re doing around nutrition to be one more worrisome thing for a mother to think that, ‘If I’m not doing this, then I’m not being a good mother,’ which is why we talk about different types of gardens.”

Designed for placing on a coffee or end table, American Grown is a favorite among Sasha,11, and Malia,13. Michelle states, “You saw Malia sort of going. ‘Oh, this is nice, mom, it’s a good book.’  And then ten minutes later, she still had it, and she was still thumbing through it, and then she started reading it.”

The first lady adds that the design of the book as a coffee table book was “really inspired” by her daughters. “Because we have a lot of coffee table books and…they can’t watch a lot of TV, so if we have downtime and we’re sitting in a spot where there are books, Malia – they love to go through these. And it’s usually the pictures that draw them in.”

Hard copies of American Grown are currently available via online purchase at Amazon and Ebay stores. The publication is also available via ebook.




Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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