Welcome! We’re Sonja and Alex Overhiser, a writer + photographer husband and wife team. This blog is a project we started in 2010 to document our growing love for food and cooking.

We started this blog as an inspiration that anyone can learn to cook, and that eating whole foods can change your life.

The Food

Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.Julia Child

Our style: simple, seasonal, and nourishing whole foods cooking. A lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, and healthy fats, with a little decadence thrown in here and there. Healthy vegetarian recipes are what you’ll see most of, since that’s how we cook and eat at home. We eat about 90% vegetarian, with some fish and well-raised meat for good measure.

Instead of focusing on a single diet or “what not to eat”, we focus on what’s common to most diets: real non-processed food, and all things in moderation.

More on the way we eat…

The Photography

Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Michael Pollan
All photographs are taken by us at our home kitchen /studio, with Alex as photographer and Sonja as stylist and art director. If you look back at older posts, you’ll see a progression in our photographs as we grew artistically, since we didn’t know much about food photography when we started the blog.

Food photography has become a passion, but our goal isn’t just to take beautiful pictures of food. It’s to capture nourishing, whole foods recipes to inspire you to try them yourself.

Our Story

Around 5 years ago, we read a book that challenged the way we thought about food. We stopped eating processed and fast foods and moved towards home cooked, natural whole foods: the ones that are easy to recognize and don’t have long lists of ingredients. Since that time, we’ve seen a huge difference in our health and honestly, our overall happiness. It’s taught us to think about how what we eat affects our bodies, our community, and the world around us.

We’re married and love living in Indianapolis, IN, a fabulous place to love food. During the day, Sonja is Senior Manager and Owner at Avalon Group, a technical documentation firm, where Alex is also Graphics Designer. In our spare time, we co-author and develop this blog, in addition to various other projects.

Other Projects

Cambodia: In 2012, we visited Cambodia and wrote a benefit cookbook for a training program for at-risk women that provides an education in culinary arts. The cookbook is available here. (more on Cambodia…)

Food Advocacy: In Indianapolis, we’re active in partnering with organizations to encourage good eating, such as Indy Winter Farmer’s Market, Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, Growing Places Indy, and Slow Foods, Indy. We also partner with national organizations like Fair Trade USA.

Kitchen: We recently finished a project to design a new kitchen in summer 2013 – check out kitchen reno pics here.

Healthy + Whole: In 2013, we started the Healthy + Whole project, a series that seeks to inspire healthy living by providing resources on how to cook and eat a whole foods diet, become connected to your community, and care for others around you and the environment.


We’re open to partnerships, appearances, or freelance work if it fits our philosophy and schedule. Please drop us a line.

All of the content on this website, including photographs, recipes and writing, is original content and copyright of Alex and Sonja Overhiser, unless otherwise noted. All content is under copyright and may not be used without permission. Please contact us if you’d like to use our photography or content.


Comments 49

  1. kari beth

    thank you so much for your blog. i LOVE to cook and bake (bake more than cook, but that is neither here nor there). however, i am a follow-the-recipe-step-by-step kind of chef, if you will. so, i love when i stumble across a blog or site that share recipes of food that i like to cook. easy, simple, and tasteful.

  2. amber

    The two books you mention are my two favorite food books. No wonder I’ve been loving your site so much the last month or so.

  3. Sneh | Cook Republic

    Just followed you guys here via Twitter. You have a beautiful blog, quick healthy recipes with photos to drool over .. you just made my Wednesday a bit more special :-)

  4. Laura

    Just stumbled upon your blog from Annie’s Eats. My family has also started to cut out processed foods from our kitchen and replacing them with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Your photos are beautiful and I look forward to reading more!

    1. Alex

      That’s awesome that you are getting rid of processed foods! Pretty soon you’ll completely forget how you ever kept them in the pantry :)

  5. Joanne

    My husband, Adam, and I also work together (at a small engineering firm). We also have joined forces and just love to cook and photograph together, which is how our blog began! It is very cool to see another couple enjoying good food, blogging and photography. Your photos are phenomenal!! So glad to have found you and we wish you the best of luck with your blog and marriage :)

    1. Sonja

      Thank you! It’s so great to hear about another couple that works and cooks together too :) And your blog photos look amazing! Best of luck to you as well!

  6. Natalie

    I have just found your website! I am a college student and am excited to try some new healthy dishes. My housemates and I really love the granola recipe you just posted, it is one of our favorite snacks. Thanks for a great site and great food.

    1. Sonja

      It’s so great to hear that you and your housemates are cooking healthy recipes – keep it up! Thanks for writing!

  7. Kristin

    I absolutely love your blog! Great photography and delicious recipes. Thanks for sharing! Also, I wholeheartedly identify with your approach to eating less meat and less processed foods. Plus, making meals from scratch is just so fun!

  8. Michael

    I recently began reading Michael Pollan and absolutely love his mantra, which you shared…in an effort to help with changing the foods I eat I started looking for good sites for recipes and love what you two have got here! Tried the Mexican Pizza and plan on trying out a lot more of your recipes! Thanks, Alex and Sonja!

    1. Sonja

      That is wonderful to hear! Thank you so much, and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed our recipes!

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