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Serious Reads: American Grown by Michelle Obama

Serious Reads Leah Douglas 5 comments

This beautiful book documents the rise of Michelle Obama's presidential garden, the largest and most productive in the White House's history. More

Help Send a Serious Eats Contributor to the White House!

Erin Zimmer 11 comments

You know Leah Douglas from her two weekly columns here (In Food Policy This Week and Serious Reads) but blogging is just one of many food-related activities for Leah. As an undergrad at Brown University, she's studying agriculture and food policy and is an active campus leader in the Brown Market Shares Program, which has been selected among thousands as a semi-finalist in a White House college challenge. Vote for the Brown Market Shares Program here >> Let's help SE'r Leah out! More

Progress in School Food Reform: Michelle Obama and Bill Telepan Making a Difference

Leah Douglas 8 comments

Michelle Obama just kicked off her new healthy children campaign, called Let's Move. In New York City, chef Bill Telepan is trying to reach those same goals by working directly in school kitchens and improving lunch recipes at public schools. Read on to find out more about these two initiatives. More

'Iron Chef America' Competes at the White House in January

Erin Zimmer 3 comments

We mentioned this in our New York Times roundup today, but it deserves an extra little shout-out. First Lady Michelle Obama will make a guest appearance on Food Network when she challenges Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, and White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford to a special Iron Chef battle. The secret ingredients? Produce grown in the White House garden. The episode will air on Sunday, January 3 at 8 p.m. EST.... More

Video: Inside the White House Garden

Erin Zimmer 1 comment

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass give us a tour of the first White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during World War II (which technically was only the size of a bed, and didn't qualify as a feeding-lots-of-people garden like this one). Planted in March with the help of Bancroft Elementary School students, the White House vegetable garden has already yielded hundreds of pounds of food. Fun fact: the seeds came from Monticello's head gardener, originally passed down from Thomas Jefferson himself. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Photo of the Day: Inside the White House Kitchen

Carey Jones 6 comments

Photograph from The Official White House Photostream on Flickr That White House garden isn't just for show—all sorts of veggies are feeding the First Family and friends, like these radishes and greens picked for the Congressional Spouses Luncheon. [via Flickr]... More

What Does Barack Obama's First 100 Days Mean for Serious Eaters?

Ed Levine 32 comments

There are many signs that the Obamas care about good food eaten for pleasure and for our health. Food politics authority Marion Nestle shares some of her thoughts. More

How Much Did the White House Garden Cost?

Erin Zimmer 4 comments

A group of students who helped seed the new 1,100-square-foot plot on the South Lawn guessed $100,000, the Washington Post reports. "My husband would go crazy if he thought we were spending that kind of money," Michelle Obama said. The actual price: $200.... More

No Beets Will Grow in the White House's Organic Vegetable Garden?

Ed Levine 50 comments

President Obama doesn't like beets, which means there may not be any beets growing on the White House lawn. While I am thrilled about the new organic vegetable garden, it seems Mr. President should get over his beet aversion. Give them another chance, man? More

Who Should Be Obama's White House Chef?

Ed Levine 24 comments

From left: Art Smith, Rick Bayless, Daniel Young The New York Daily News reported on Sunday that three chefs are supposedly under consideration for the Obamas' White House chef. They are former Oprah chef Art Smith, authentic Mexican chef and food oracle Rick Bayless, and NBA star Carmelo Anthony's personal chef, Daniel Young. I don't know if any of the three are seriously in contention for the job (the reporting was not exactly definitive), but if they are, I think Art Smith would be the odds-on favorite. In any case, the story got me thinking about who could or should get the job. Serious Eaters, this is your chance to put forward your suggestions for filling the Obamas' White... More

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