Silverstein ’82 Chronicles White House Garden in New Book

Book by Clara Silverstein '82

Clara Silverstein ’82 is the author of A White House Garden Cookbook
published by Red Rock Press, 2010.

When Michelle Obama decided to turn a chunk of White House lawn into a vegetable patch, she was cheered by parents who want their kids to eat better and Americans who want to have a hand in growing their own food. This book chronicles the first year of this famous garden, with its many dozens of vegetables and herbs, including descendants of seeds planted by Thomas Jefferson; its berries and the honey from the hives of First Family bees. Filled with ideas to get children excited about eating and cooking locally grown vegetables, this cookbook also makes it fun to plan easy, healthy family meals. Recipes come from White Houses past and present as well as the community gardens that are inspiring children nationwide.

Silverstein visited the White House twice to see Michelle Obama working in the garden with schoolchildren.

Silverstein ’82 also is the author of The Boston Chef’s Table and co-author of The New England Soup Factory Cookbook, a top selling soup title on She has published articles in The Boston Globe, Prevention, and Runner’s World, and she directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Center.