Happy Holidays! This year we’ve put together a little holiday gift guide. Of course, our favorite gift idea for the season is our soon to be released cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking! The book tells the story of our journey from eating fast and frozen food to cooking every day. It’s full of 100 vegetarian recipes, with a focus on simple and creative. It also features our 10 lessons for making cooking a part of your everyday, each beautifully illustrated by Ashley Rodriguez. It’s part real food eaters manual, part beautiful coffee table book. If you purchase as a gift, download the holiday version of the cover and wrap it up! Books will arrive February 6. Here’s our gift guide—let us know if anything strikes your fancy!
Scroll down for the Indianapolis gift guide supporting local Indianapolis women!
National Gift Guide
For book lovers… Pretty Simple Cooking is perfect for the home cook in your life or anyone who wants to cook more! Other cookbooks we love: Vegetarian Heartland, a Midwest-focused seasonal book with beautiful photography by Indiana author Shelly Westerhausen, or Love Real Food, a vegetarian cookbook with a focus on simple, beautiful food by Kathryne Taylor (both on our podcast). Chasing Slow is a lovely contemplative book on slowing down and focusing on what matters by Indiana author Erin Loechner, and The Magic of Motherhood is a compilation of essays on motherhood by Ashley Gadd.
Our best kitchen tools… We make coffee in our Chemex every single day; pair it with our kitchen scale and teapot for the perfect gift trio (tutorial post coming soon). For the pizza lover in your life, a pizza peel and pizza stone are essential (Pretty Simple Cooking has all our secrets to the best homemade pizza). A food processor makes all things possible: hummus, sauces, and mini cheesecakes. To go with a Netflix binge, this air popper makes perfect popcorn—just add butter and salt. For a splurge, this Uuni pizza oven is the BEST thing we’ve found to make incredible pizza at home: it gets up to 1000 degrees in just 10 minutes!
These breads from Hot Bread Kitchen are tasty and made by immigrant women in NYC (their founder was on our podcast); each purchase supports their baking programs. Some incredible products are made by our favorite family maple business that we’d love in our stocking: maple syrup, maple cream, and maple sugar. Fancy chocolate is always #1 in our book: Vosges is incredible and started by an Indiana native. This Toms coffee is tasty and for each bag of coffee, Toms gives one week of clean water to a person in need. Our friend Rachel in Indianapolis makes the most delicious almond butter and she ships nationwide. Our Indy friend Candace makes kickin’ spice blends and also ships nationwide.
- Hot bread kitchen breads
- Maple syrup
- Vosges chocolate
- Toms coffee
- Revival Food Co almond butter
- Spice blends
For the littles… After posting our hijinks with this wearable bear blanket on our Instagram Stories, we got lots of inquiries—it’s endless fun! Gotta Go Buffalo is a large lift-the-flap book that’s beautiful and sweet. These stainless steel glasses are a stylish version of the sippy cup. And what little one doesn’t need a stuffed narwhal? Larson just got one and loves it.
Miscellaneous fun… This mirrorless camera from Sony is what we use for photos of Larson and what we take on the road: it’s light and easy to use, like a cross between an SLR and a phone camera. It also wirelessly sends photos to our phones, which is perfect for posting on social media. We use this cozy UGG blanket for Larson’s playtime, taking him on winter walks in the stroller, and snuggling for Netflix binges. And our new favorite plant: Monstera! Pair it with a watering can and plant food for a perfect gift (tutorial post coming soon). And our friend Kristin makes rosé lip balms — best idea ever.
This gift guide is a list of our favorite things; some of the links are affiliate links.
Indianapolis Gift Guide
Here are some gifts to support local Indianapolis businesses, many of them women-owned! Give the gift of support this holiday.
- Dugger Family Farm has some fantastic gift baskets and DOG COOKIES as pet stocking stuffers! Too cute.
- Newfangled Confections has a Peanut Lovers Gift Basket, featuring products from other women-owned businesses.
- Revival Food Co sells seriously good almond butter that’s vegan and sugar-free; check out the Chai Time flavor.
- Indy blogger FoodLoveTog sells spice blends — we love Young Bae on our popcorn!
- Indy Winter Farmer’s Market has gift certificates, or get creative with a collection of products (think: Home Ec. jams & jellies, soaps, herbal tea blends from Hobbit Gardens Earth Gatherings Center, etc!)
- Ohmmygolly makes incredible tiny bound books.
- Zesco has kitchen wares and small gadgets on sale for the holidays!
- MasterChef contestant Tanorria Askew is a personal chef through Tanorria’s Table; give the gift of a cooking classes or a catered dinner!
- Edible Indy is a local food magazine that is woman owned! Gift 4 issues for just $32.
- Bridging Her Story has a quarterly box full of fun women-owned business products called Bridgebox. (Enter ACOUPLECOOKS20 for 20% off.)
- Patachou has a shop with gift certificates to their incredible restaurants (Cafe Patachou, Petite Chou, Public Greens, Napolese, Crispy Bird, Bar One Fourteen), as well as fun products like their granola & coffee.
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.