Hi, we’re Sonja and Alex Overhiser, husband and wife who love to cook. If you asked us 10 years ago whether we’d ever be interested in healthy eating and cooking, we’d say “Never!” In 2008, we embarked on a journey to learn more about food and cooking. We went from eating processed, packaged and fast foods to cooking healthy, wholesome meals at home. It’s become our passion and connected us to each other, the community, and the world around us.
Our goal is to inspire you to cook. We believe cooking is a fun, creative hobby that nourishes your mind and your soul. To us, a playful and creative approach to food is more attractive than nutrition facts. A Couple Cooks was started in 2010 to document our journey. Our blog is focused on healthy, real food recipes and integrating cooking into everyday life. The recipes you see here are real recipes that we developed together and photographed in our kitchen (and then ate).
Who We Are
We’re a writer and photographer living in Indianapolis, IN. Sonja writes professionally for a technical writing company, and Alex is a graphics designer at the same firm. A Couple Cooks is our passion project that has gradually become a business. We develop the recipes together, then photograph them in our kitchen. For photo shoots, Sonja styles the food and Alex is behind the camera. Sonja writes the recipes and posts, and Alex is the “tech geek” behind the site design and back end. We love cooking, farmers markets, travel, a good cup of coffee, and community. We live in a 1920’s home in Indy with our spunky Pomeranian, Luna.
The best way to describe how we eat is Michael Pollan’s mantra, “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants“. Instead of adhering to a strict “diet”, we celebrate the flavors of seasonal, whole foods. The food on our table is generally Mediterranean-style and vegetarian, full of seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and natural sweeteners. We eat a moderate amount of seafood and meat, and indulge in the occasional sweet treat. On the blog, you’ll see mainly vegetarian fare, though we like to experiment with vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free offerings for special diets. MORE
A Couple Cooks has garnered a worldwide following and has been featured in some of the most prestigious online and print publications. A Couple Cooks was recently named as one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Food Blogs of 2015 and Huffington Post’s 10 Healthy Food Blogs. Our work has been featured online in Huffington Post, Food52, People.com, Williams-Sonoma, BuzzFeed, and The Kitchn, and in print in Midwest Living, Sophisticated Living, Driftless, Indianapolis Monthly, and Edible Indy. Sonja has shared our recipes on IndyStyle on WISH TV, and was nominated as an Indianapolis Woman to Know for her work with the blog.
Our professional services include freelance recipe development, photography, and content development. We work with brands we trust to create original recipes and content for our site.
Our Healthy + Whole series seeks to inspire a lifelong passion for home cooking, entertaining, and a sustainably healthy lifestyle. It’s a collection of words of wisdom contributed by us and healthy eating experts including leading bloggers, nutritionists, chefs, and authors. MORE
In Indianapolis and beyond, we’re active in partnering with organizations to encourage good eating and sustainable food, such as Indy Winter Farmer’s Market, Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, Growing Places Indy, and Slow Foods, Indy.