It was amazing, and thanks to my Aunt M, who came with me, I had an extra copy of the book to giveaway, which I did.
Anyway, I wanted to actually read the book, and since it’s a nonfiction book that is more coffee table than novel, it took some time. But it was so worth it.
Michelle Obama shows how deeply she cares about gardens, fresh food, health, and childhood obesity. Her introduction to the book was so moving I suggest that you stalk the shelves at bookstores just to read it (because I think it will encourage you to purchase a copy for yourself).
Some of the quotes/things that I loved about the book:
- “Just as each seed we plant has the potential to become something extraordinary, so does every child” –p. 23
- Did you know there’s a White House beehive??? And they give away excess honey to visiting (or when they visit) dignitaries. I wish I was someone important enough to have some of their honey!
- Did you know that apples come from Asia? I didn’t, but that’s one of the facts I learned while reading.
There are also many recipes, which are some of Mrs. Obama’s favorites, tips for building your own gardens, and spotlights on many of the neighborhood garden spaces in the United States.
I also like how honest Michelle Obama is in the book. She talks about the successes, of course, but also some of the gardening failures, too. It seems very genuine.
American Grown is for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. This book was amazing, with not just beautiful pictures but also tons of amazing facts. The First Lady really shows her passion in this book, and it is one that will make you smile and feel good no matter what your political views are.
Plus, all of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation, which I think is pretty cool.
Are you the gardening type?