Thursday, May 24, 2012

'American Grown' Launch: Michelle Obama BBQs With Rachael Ray At The White House

First Dog Bo makes a star-turn with First Lady, too...
UPDATE, May 29: All the 'American Grown' details
Celeb chef Rachael Ray will celebrate the publication of First Lady Michelle Obama's new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America on an episode of her eponymous talk show that will air on Thursday, May 31. Ray, a supporter of Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! campaign, visited the White House to film the episode, and cooks recipes from the book with Mrs. Obama, beside her 1,500 square-foot Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn. (The First Lady and Ray in action, above).

Mrs. Obama is "giving us a sneak peek at her brand-new book, American Grown, and we're firing up the grill for a barbecue in one of the most famous backyards in history!" notes the show announcement. "Plus, Rachael snags an "exclusive" interview with the furriest member of the family--their dog Bo!" Bo is all over Mrs. Obama's book. A video preview.

Mrs. Obama's appearance comes on the heels of a TV junket scheduled for the book's release date, Tuesday, May 29. The First Lady will appear on Good Morning America, The View and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the East Wing announced on Wednesday. On Wednesday, May 30, Mrs. Obama will tape LIVE! with Kelly, with the interview scheduled to air on a later date. Mrs. Obama has previously appeared on all of these shows, including Ray's.

Last week, the website for Mrs. Obama's childhood obesity campaign,, unveiled a comprehensive new Gardening Guide for families, schools and communities. The First Lady's book now has a Facebook page (and a faux Twitter account and website, too).

A promo video for the book from Crown Publishing:

The 256-page hardcover edition of American Grown retails for $30 in the US market, and is currently available for pre-order on at the bargain price of $19.20.

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*Top photo courtesy of Rachael Ray Show; book jacket photo courtesy of Crown Publishing.