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About the Authors

Christina Bandaragoda is from Michigan, received her bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College, and later attended Utah State University where she received her masters and doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering. She now works as a hydrologist and environmental consultant. She spends her spare time on rocky beaches, composting, and making art of found objects.She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and three children.  This is her first book — besides a dissertation on hydrologic modeling, a topic only abstractly connected to kale.

Emily Miranda is from Illinois, received her bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College, later received her master’s degree at the University of Utah and attended courses at the CG Jung Institute, in Zurich Switzerland.  She now works as a clinical social worker in her home-grown counseling practice and at the University of Utah.  She spends her spare time at the yoga studio, gardening, cooking kale, and planning her next round of international travel. She lives in Salt Lake City.  This is her first book.

12 Responses to contact us

  1. The LiveWell program at Edmonds Community College is a wellness program for employees and students with weekly classes related to health and well-being. I have just purchased your book for our library and would like to invite you to make an appearance at the college speaking on the health benefits/recipes of kale. You are welcome to bring your books for purchase. Please let me know if we might be able to spread the Kale Effect to our community here.

  2. Our kale produced all winter long (western NC, very mild winter) and now it is going to seed. We harvest the seed to plant and to sprout for salads and stir fry. While ripping up some of the kale, we noticed it has HUGE roots – are they edible?

    • Kale Effect says:

      Hi Nadine,
      You know, I’ve never eaten the roots but I have eaten the stems—which are very much edible. And last year while thinning my kale starts, I pulled up the plants whole (only a few inches in length) and threw them in the juicer with a bunch of other produce and it was just fine. I say, just give it a good washing.
      I couldn’t find anything definitive about eating the roots specifically, but found this comment on
      “Kale stems are edible, so check to be sure that this part of the plant is plump and moist, not withered or collapsed.”
      For a great recipe using your stems/roots, check out

  3. Doug Barlow says:

    Hi Christina – It was so great to meet you in person at the Earthfest Celebration in Everett at the Sno-Isle Coop on Saturday. I have seen your book on the deli counter at the coop, gone to the website before but needed a catalyst to buy and seeing you in person made it all happen. Having a wife who has written a couple of books on health ( there is nothing like getting a book signed by the authoer (well at least one of them!) Thank you for highlighting the benefits of Kale and all the great ways to consume it. As you mentioned, your relationship with Kale and The Kale Effect has altered your life and that of your lovely girls. We at Shining Star International look forward to helping share the good word :-) The only thing better than eating Kale might be possibley growing your own. It was evident this weekend, that so many people don’t have the opportunity to grow their own food, but the Tower Garden ( can change all of that. I look forward to sharing the opportunity so that anyone with the desire can grow their own Kale and have the best of both worlds – producing a sustainable nutritious supply of Kale and then having the opportunity to consume it :-)
    Thanks again for helping make the world a better place through whole food plant based nutrition.
    Douggie B
    Growing Up Into the Now

  4. Karen says:

    I love the Kale Bake recipe. I have made it several times, why can’t I find it now?

  5. Homer R. Reese, Jr. says:

    Everyone, please take a moment to take a look at what catastrophe is planned for the future of the kale (brassica) seed crop in the Oregon Willamette Valley at Click on: Canola in the Valley.

    Homer R. Reese, Jr.
    Healthy Cooking Research and Development

  6. Michelle says:

    I started kale from seed. They seems to be getting tall and wanting to fall over. Can I add more soil up the stem of the plant or will this cause the root to rot. Can kale stems grow roots like tomatoe stems can?
    Thanks in advance for any help!

    • Kale Effect says:

      Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for your question. Your kale stems should thicken up and be able to hold up your kale plant easily. I’m curious about your climate, the health of your soil, and your watering habits. I’d recommend putting stakes or tomato cages around your kale to hold it up rather than adding soil. Also, if the plants are falling over because there are a lot of leaves, go ahead and harvest some of the outside leaves, kale will continue to grow new leaves after being harvested.
      As for kale stems growing roots, that question I don’t know the answer too but if you decide to experiment, let us know what you find out!

  7. We have a kale project that we’re hoping to get funding for, so please share with those you think might be interested. Thank you much!–2

  8. Curt says:

    This is my first time growing plain leaf kale in my small backyard garden. I got three harvests from my plants before I cut it all and pulled the roots. The roots are white and interesting looking (I love looking and tasting edible wilds) so I snapped it apart and tasted it. It was very strong like a radish and made my lip numb. I am holding off throwing this in my salad until I can confirm that kale root is edible. Any suggestions on sources to look at for answers. Thanks Kale Effect! Yeti

    • Kale Effect says:

      Hi Yeti,
      Thanks for your question and I can appreciate your predilection for curiosity. I do know that kale stems are edible, but I do not know about the roots being edible. It concerns me that it made your lip numb, so I’m glad you didn’t eat it! After doing a little searching online, I found that the root of “sea kale” is edible ( but this site ( suggests trimming the roots, so I think that is safest.
      Also, depending on where you live, your kale might even “over-winter”. I live in SLC, and the winters have been mild enough that they’ve survived 2 winters now and make for an earlier harvest of the greens. Of course, you increase your likelihood of pests etc, when you don’t pull your plants from the garden at the end of the last harvest.
      Emily, with TKE

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