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Jun 12, 2012 — Fighting childhood obesity is both a personal and a public mission for first lady Michelle Obama. She has rethought her daughters' diets, and she launched the Let's Move! initiative to encourage more healthful lifestyles. She talks about ways to get children to eat well, and her new book, American Grown.
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Jun 8, 2012Michelle Obama's diary of her White House garden, American Grown, debuts at No. 4.
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Jun 8, 2012 — Say the words "brown rice," and people of a certain age might conjure images of hippie communes. But the whole-grain product has been slowly gaining in popularity over the last decade. Here are some tips to bring it into the everyday dinner repertoire.
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May 29, 2012 — One of the first things Michelle Obama did as first lady was to dig up part of the beautifully manicured South Lawn of the White House and plant a vegetable garden. In her new book she says America has a long, proud history of gardening and it's time to reconnect with it.
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May 28, 2012 — When author Lauren Groff found herself anxious and unable to work, she needed a book to get lost in. Elizabeth and Her German Garden, with its great, hidden depths, consoled her through her darkest time. Has a book ever gotten you out of a tough moment? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Apr 24, 2011 — Washington, Jefferson and Adams may have planted the seeds of liberty in America, but a new book says they were also obsessed with nurturing tomatoes, beans and trees in lovingly tended gardens.
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Aug 12, 2010 — The protagonist of Naomi Hirahara's novels isn't a seasoned police detective or a private investigator — he's a gruff, 72-year-old gardener who lives in the hills above Pasadena, Calif. The Mas Arai character was inspired by Hirahara's father and guides readers into the hidden corners of L.A.'s Japanese-American communities.
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Oct 20, 2009 — Author Lisa See is drawn to books by Japanese-American women and the issues they tend to write about: love, race, identity, place and history — and its effect on the present.
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Oct 10, 2008Science Friday examines the process of fall gardening — the crops that can be planted in autumn and the ways to prepare for next year. We also discuss the benefits of composting.
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Sep 19, 2006 — Barbara Damrosch of Four Season Farm in Maine speaks to Alex Chadwick about the methods farmers use to avoid E. Coli contamination in spinach.
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