Michelle Obama's First Book Is Called "American Grown"

First lady's book is all about healthy eating and was inspired by daughters Malia and Sasha.

Posted: 10/25/2011 11:42 AM EDT

(Photo: Courtesy Random House Publishing)

More than eight months after announcing that First Lady Michelle Obama would be writing a book about healthy eating, Crown Publishing unveiled the title and cover image for the book on Monday.

 

American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities will arrive in bookstores and be available for digitial downloads on April 10, 2012. The cover shows the first lady holding a full basket of vegetables that were grown in the White House garden.

 

In the book, Obama will explore how better access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America. She will describe how her daughters Sasha and Malia were catalysts for change in her own family’s eating behavior, which inspired her to plant an edible garden on the South Lawn — the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Victory Garden” planted during World War II.

 

The book will provide 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.


Obama is a major advoacate in the fight against obesity. Through her Let’s Move! campaign, the first lady has been addressing the epidemic of childhood obesity by empowering parents and caregivers with information, improving food quality in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food and encouraging increased physical activity.

Obama didn't take an advance for the book and plans to donate all net or after-tax author proceeds to a charity or charities to be named later. Random House Inc., the parent company of Crown Publishing Group, will also make a donation to a charity.

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