The first lady has received a book deal from Crown, a unit of Random House, to write about the kitchen garden she started at the White House as part of her efforts to promote healthy eating. The as-yet-untitled book will be published in April 2012.
The book will describe how Obama was inspired to plant the first edible garden on the White House's South Lawn since Eleanor Roosevelt's World War II-era victory garden. She will also share some of her family's favorite healthy recipes.
The first lady has made healthy eating her platform while in the White House. In February 2010, she launched her "Let's Move" initiative aimed at battling childhood obesity and improving the quality of food in schools.
Just last week, Obama and students from a Washington, D.C., elementary school planted the spring garden. This year's garden has spinach, peas, lettuce, broccoli, blueberries, raspberries and other vegetables and herbs.
Crown said Obama received no advance for the book and will donate the proceeds to charity.