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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama, the nation’s first lady and a high-profile spokeswoman for healthy eating, has added a new book on growing and cooking nutritious food to her resume. Go to Black America Web for an easy soup recipe from “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.”

Filled with striking photos, the book weaves glimpses of the first family’s life into the story of what began as a 1,100-square-foot plot and has grown into a lush, colorful and exquisitely tended patchwork of fruit, vegetables and herbs that feeds her family, state dinner guests and the homeless.

Obama writes that while putting dinner on the table in Chicago early in the last presidential campaign season, she thought that if her husband won, she might, as first lady, focus on healthy eating. “That night, it occurred to me that planting a garden at the White House … could be one small way to get started,” she writes.

The 272-page book from Crown Publishers sells for $30. Author proceeds go to the National Park Foundation.

Read more at  the Chicago Tribune

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