Friday, June 1, 2012

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America

Book: American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America

Author: Michelle Obama

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: Focuses on the White House Gardens and the history of gardening in the US focusing on WWII Victory Gardens. Provides oodles of  education on Americans on growing their own food source.

My rating: 5 Stars

My opinion: This book was just all around cool and unusual. Can I give it more than 5 stars?!?!

First off, Mrs. Obama gave a history of gardening in the US focusing on the Victory Gardens of WWII. I have heard alot about them, but it was interesting to see how they had impacted her family while before she was born and while she was growing up. I loved the fact that she demonstrated bringing children into the WH and teaching them about food sustainability. I think gardening is a lost art form in a country surrounded with fast food or several types of grocery stores.
Second, she gave bios of White House gardeners and the kitchen staff. It was fascinating to read them discuss how they use the crops each season, not only in meals for the first family, but also for state meals.

On a side note, she discusses WH gardens and suitable plants through out the seasons, even Winter. Something I never thought about in my own garden, but will def. be taking into consideration this year.

Third, she discusses growing your own garden and tips for making it successful. I had my own garden for years, but I think that backyard gardens are a thing of the past for 99% of Americans and that is sad to me. One of the chefs talked about the taste of fresh picked fruit, herbs and veggies compared to ones that have been sitting in a store and he is right. Having a food blog and cooking alot. I love being able to walk out back and grab my fruits/veggies right off the plant/tree. The great point that she brought up is the concept of community garden plots for those who live in a city or suburb setting. Can't do a community garden in the markets are EVERYWHERE! Some are HUGE and some are small in a parking lot, but still worth the looksee!

Finally, the last section of the book was dedicated to recipes which I could have taken or left. In fact, I did..I grabbed some of them, while leaving some!

Source: Library

Would I recommend? :  Sure Would for anyone who gardens or is interested in it.

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

The Blackburn Garden still in the works!

Note the wonderful corn fields in the back!! I love livin' country!!
A side view!
The addition! My seedlings are still coming up
Yep...the Blackburns are even doing container gardening!


  1. Nice garden Naomi! You're a very multi - talented lady. Seriously though, very nice garden & pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Brian..We just expanded it this is my new place of solitude.

  3. I have been thinking about that book for awhile now will be picking it up soon. Your garden looks like it has a great start, nice to see it with no snow! I am thinking about putting in a succulent garden at one end of the house. We had to have a tree removed last week and I am so sick of grass it would be the perfect place for it.

  4. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it! Succulent garden wouldn't work in IL!!