Here you can scroll through some of the press and media featuring Vayu’s work in various ways: from cooking to outreach and science.

Vayu Maini Rekdal: A culinary journey through Academia

Written by UC Berkeley Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs program

BostonTalks: The Science of Food.

Hosted by WGBH, Boston’s local NPR station. Conversation with Dr. Rachel Herz and Edgar Herwick about the science of food. 2021.

Career Talks: Future of Food

Virtual career panel hosted by Lawerence Berkeley National Labs, focused on STEM careers in food. 2021.

Microscopic Chefs

Virtual seminar hosted by Lawerence Berkeley National Labs as part of their Live Science series. 2021.

JBEI scientists in action- Vayu Maini Rekdal

Video describing my research as a Miller Fellow; published by JBEI. 2021.

When the menu turns raw, your microbes know what to do

New York Times. 2019.

How microbes shape our response to drugs

Scientific American. 2020.

Drug Metabolism as a Community Effort.

Cell Metabolism. 2019.

Gut microbes metabolize Parkinson’s drug

Science. 2019.

Parkinson’s-lakemedel paverkas av tarmbakterier

Sveriges Radio. 2019.

Gut-Dwelling bacterium consumes Parkinson’s drug

NIH Director’s Blog. 2019.

Gut microbes eat our medication 

Science Daily. 2019

Gut microbes eat our medication

Harvard University Gazette. 2019

Gut bacteria can EAT medication

Daily Mail. 2019

Go with your gut 

Veritalk Podcast, May 2019

Does food cook faster in the microwave? 

Curiosity desk @ WGBH

“Why does the dutch baby rise”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, March 2018

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“When it comes to snow flakes and popcorn kernels, is it true that no two are alike?” Feature on The Curiosity Desk@WGBH, January 2018

“Why do vegetables turn brown when you roast them”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, December 2017


“Gourmet Investigator” Interview in Nature Magazine, November 2017

“How much alcohol remains after cooking?” Naked scientists podcast, September 2017

“Salty Choices”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, August 2017

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“Why does salad wilt?”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, May 2017

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La cocina no solo es para comer“. El Pais, 1 Mar, 2017.

De la nevera inteligente a la encimera con televisión“. El Pais, 23 Feb, 2017

The New Afterschool Science: Ice Cream Special“, by America’s Test Kitchen. Published on Cook’s Science website.

The Secret Ingredient”,  by Andrea Volpe. Published on Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Homepage, this article describes the cooking-science competition Vayu and friends organized for Harvard PhD students in the Life Sciences.

“Why do egg whites turn white?”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, December 2016


Young Chefs Educates and EntertainsHarvard MCB Website, November 2016

“How does milk turn in to cheese?”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, September 2016


“The Phases of Melon”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, July 2016

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“Why do avocados turn brown”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, May 2016

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“Young Chefs: MCO student offers science through cooking” article published on Harvard MCB website, highlighting students’ involvement with the community, March 2016

“Nature’s FARMacy: Using Cooking to teach Science” talk by Vayu Maini Rekdal and Bill Yosses at 92nd St Y, March 2016

Nature’s FARMacy: Inspiring Scientific Geniuses Through the Kitchen”by Vayu Maini Rekdal. Huffington Post, March 2016.

“How Browning Makes Things Better”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, November 2015

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Veggie Burgers of Note Around Manhattan“, The New York TImes, March 22nd 2011 (post on Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop, where Vayu was the executive chef)

A Sandwich a Day: Halloumi at Tiny’s“, Serious Eats, January 10th 2013

“Ice Cream with a Twist”, Harvard Community Blog, August 11th 2015

Science to Chew On“, Harvard Gazette, August 7th 2015

“Carleton Student Teaches Science by Cooking”, NBC Minnesota, October 27th 2014

“Off the Menu,” program by James Beard award-winning food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, CBS Minnesota, March 14th 2015 (Vayu Maini Rekdal as special guest)

“Off the Menu,” program by James Beard award-winning food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl,CBS Minnesota, January 17th 2015 (Bill Yosses speaking about his visit to Carleton College, organized by Vayu

Social Life Heats up in New Kitchens“, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 22 2013

“The Science of Pear Sauce”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, August 2015

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“The Science of Cooking Eggs”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, May 2015

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“Mixing Oil and Vinegar: The Science of Dressing”,  by Vayu Maini Rekdal. ChopChop Magazine, December 2014

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White House Crust Master Shares Recipes for Success” Carletonian, January 23rd 2015. 

“Former White House Pastry Chef blend Science and Cooking with Visit to Carleton College,”Northfield News, January 14th 2015.

“Bill Yosses Cooks up an Interest in Science and Cooking with Young Chefs, Northfield News, January 17th 2015.

“Carleton Students Nurture the Next Generation ” Nationwide Bon Appetit Magazine (BRAVO), Spring 2014

“Northfield Youth: Cooking and Learning” Northfield News, July 3rd, 2014

“Carleton’s Young Chefs program focuses on science, expands to Faribault” Northfield News, Feb 20, 2014

Young Northfield Chefs cook with Carleton College’s Bon Appetit ChefsNorthfield News, May 14, 2013

Carleton College Firebellies work with Northfield Students” Northfield News, April 5th, 2013

Firebellies Connects with Middle Schoolers Through Afterschool Cooking ClassesThe Carletonian, Feb 8th, 2013

Northfield Young Chefs Launches with HCI grantNorthfield Patch, Jan 25th, 2013

Sustainable Cooking, From Northfield to Norway” Northfield Patch, December 8th 2011

Bon Appetit teams up with Carleton’s Firebellies” Bon Appetit Blog, April 24 2012

Firebellies First Annual Foodgressive: Sharing Culture and Diversity Through Food” Carletonian, October 11th 2013