Wednesday, June 15, 2016

American Grown

Author: Michelle Obama
Stars: 4
Review by: Mandy Apgar

This was nicely surprising. Written mostly by the first lady in cooperation with associates who have been working with her in the White House kitchen garden and also in then cooking the produce it is an examination of small to large gardens, a history of home gardening, and a few other things in between. Kind of eclectic at times but it works when she gets back to her point and stops chatting about her parents. Plans for the garden in each season (up to time of publication) are given and nice hints and other how tos are also indicated for the plants and products - even bees. (The tip to calm bees with water was learned from improvisation when visiting dignitaries were arriving and the bees were swarming unexpectedly.) It is organized by season and ends with a selection of similarly sorted recipes.

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