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First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grewby Robbin Gourley
Synopses & Reviews
The White House kitchen garden, part of Michelle Obamaand#8217;s campaign to encourage healthful eating, was established in 2009. This book tells the story of Mrs. Obamaand#8217;s garden, as well as the story of the White House grounds, the other gardens (including Eleanor Rooseveltand#8217;s Victory Garden in World War II) that came before, the White House children who have played there, and the teamwork, involving local children as well as the Obama family and White House staff, that led to the garden now flourishing on the South Lawn. This is a lighthearted, entertaining, and lavishly illustrated introduction to an inspiring and much-publicized project. Includes recipes.
Long before the natural-food movement gained popularity, before greenmarkets sprouted across the United States, Edna Lewis championed purity of ingredients, regional cuisine, and the importance of bringing food directly from the farm to the table. She was a chef when female chefs---let alone African American female chefs---were few and far between, and she received many awards for her work. With lyrical text and glorious watercolor illustrations, author/illustrator Robbin Gourley lovingly traces the childhood roots of Edna's appreciation for the bounties of nature. The story follows Edna from early spring through the growing season to a family dinner celebrating a successful harvest. Folk rhymes, sayings, and songs about food are sprinkled throughout the text, and five kid-friendly recipes and an author's note about Edna's life are included at the end.
About the Author
Robbin Gourley grew up in North Carolina and was strongly influenced by summers spent on her grandmother's farm, growing, gathering, preparing, and eating delicious food from the garden. She has worked as an art directorand#160;of children's books and has illustrated many cookbooks,and#160;two of which she also wrote. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.
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