“Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.” – Julia Child
Hello, and thanks for visiting. We’re Sonja and Alex Overhiser: whole food enthusiasts, bloggers, cooks, photographers, recipe developers, and urban gardeners. We love a tomato fresh from the garden, the scent of vegetables roasting in the oven, the delight of discovering new flavors, and that whole feeling in your heart sharing a meal with family and friends.
It wasn’t always this way. When we were first married 7 years ago, we didn’t know the first thing about cooking. Since then, we’ve been on a journey of learning about food, health, and community. We started this blog to provide inspiration that anyone can learn to cook, and that whole foods can taste delicious and change your life.
We become interested in home cooking by chance when we started cooking for dinner guests. From our first Julia Child cookbook, we were smitten and started reading and watching much as we could find. Some of our early inspirations were Julia, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and Jamie Oliver.
In our process of learning, we grew to love whole, natural ingredients and seasonal eating. Our diet focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners (like honey and maple syrup).
It’s hard to label the way we eat. Vegetarian, whole foods, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free are all recipes you find here, though we don’t eat any of these diets exclusively. Our home cooking focuses on vegetables for the health and environmental benefits, so most of the recipes we share here are meatless (though we do eat fish and meat on occasion). Our goal is to share recipes that celebrate the goodness of whole foods.
Instead of focusing on what “not” to eat, we embrace what we’ve found is common among most diets: real, non-processed food, and all things in moderation. (more about the way we eat…)
Cooking at home has been transformational to our personal health, and in the learning process we’ve become connected to a community around us that cares about nutritious, sustaining food. We’ve found a key to health is becoming inspired and getting in your kitchen.
We develop, style and photograph all recipes in our kitchen in Indianapolis. We recently finished a project to design a new kitchen in summer 2013 – check out kitchen reno pics here.
Here in Indianapolis, we’ve partnered with Indy Winter Farmer’s Market, Broad Ripple Market, Growing Places, Slow Foods, Indy and other organizations to help encourage good eating.
In 2013, we started the Healthy + Whole project, a series that seeks to inspire healthy living by providing online 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.