Digging the White House garden

Bright colors, lots of illustrations and recipes not just from the Obamas but also from community gardens around the country make “A White House Garden Cookbook” by Clara Silverstein (Red Rock Press, $24.95) an appealing book. It includes history about gardens at the White House and updated favorite recipes from past presidents. (You find out President Obama is a pie fan.)

This is the first of what will no doubt be a deluge of cookbooks about the garden and Michelle Obama’s efforts to promote healthy eating among the nation’s children.  The simple writing and mostly easy recipes in this book make it one that might appeal to older children, and that you could turn them loose in the kitchen with.

One recipe grabbed my attention: a radish and green bean salad with apple cider vinegar and garlic. I’m a fan of radishes, and will definitely try that one.