Sonja and Alex Overhiser are the writer and photographer couple behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks and authors of the cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious. The couple has garnered a worldwide following for their delicious vegetarian recipes and sustainable approach to cooking and eating well. Their popular blog and cookbook have been featured in numerous national print and online publications, including the Washington Post, Huffington Post and Bon Appetit. Alex and Sonja develop recipes and photograph food for major national brands, and have appeared on television on the TODAY Show. They’ve contributed freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography for EatingWell, Brit + Co, and Parents. Together, they advocate for healthy and sustainable eating and getting in the kitchen together.
Sonja is passionate about woman entrepreneurship; she speaks at events empowering women in business and is co-founder of Indy Women in Food, an organization to support women working in the food industry in Indianapolis. Sonja and Alex live in Indianapolis, Indiana with their 1-year-old son Larson.
Get to know us more at the links below:
- Meet Us, Press & Brand Work (below)
- Our Cookbook
- What is Pretty Simple Cooking?
- Our Story
- Cancer, Miscarriage, & Adoption
- Work with Us
Meet A Couple Cooks
Welcome to A Couple Cooks! We’re Sonja and Alex Overhiser, the husband and wife who run this website and authors of the vegetarian cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking. This all started as a hobby: we got married and wanted to learn to cook. We started this food blog in 2010 as a way to keep track of the new recipes we were cooking up. Fast forward 8 years, and we’re a professional photographer and writer who develop recipes and photograph food for national brands. And, we wrote a cookbook about our story of learning to cook wholesome, vegetable-forward food from scratch–together! There’s nothing we love more than meeting new people and inviting them to our table.
Our eating style: home-cooked, with a focus on eating vegetables and having fun! Most of the recipes you’ll see on this website are vegetarian, since about 90% of the meals we eat are vegetarian or vegan. The way we eat is essentially the Mediterranean diet, with lots of seasonal vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and olive oil. When we can, we buy local and organic. Above all, we shun rules and embrace the joy of eating good food with family and friends around the table. We call it Pretty Simple Cooking.
Publicity & Press
A Couple Cooks has garnered a worldwide following—the website was named one of Huffington Post’s 10 Healthy Food Blogs and Pretty Simple Cooking as one of Epicurious’ best vegetarian cookbooks. Our work has been featured online in publications including Oprah, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Real Simple, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Food52, People.com, Williams-Sonoma, BuzzFeed, The Kitchn, Mind Body Green, Well+Good, and The Splendid Table, and in print from Marie Claire to Midwest Living. Sonja and Alex have appeared on podcasts from The Feel Good Effect to Radio Cherry Bombe, and have been featured cooking live on television on IndyStyle Live TV, Windy City LIVE, and the TODAY Show.
A Couple Cooks was nominated for an IACP award for Best Narrative Marketing Campaign in 2018 for coverage of organic dairy for Stonyfield. Sonja and Alex have developed recipes for a long list of national brands, including ALDI, Stonyfield, National Mango Board, DeLallo, Home Depot, Lundberg, Northwest Cherries, Hellman’s, Tillamook, Dole, Earthbound Farm Organic, Bob’s Red Mill, Kroger, Meijer, Shipt, Newman’s Own, Alessi, American Pecan Council, Oregon Fruit Products, California Olive Ranch, Village Farms, Muir Glen Organic, Simply Organic, One Degree Organics, Cherry Marketing Institute, Robert Mondavi, Roxbury Mountain Maple, Bolthouse Farms, Califia, Wisconsin Cheese, illy, Kettle Chips, North Carolina Sweet Potatoes, Haas Avocado Board, Hurst Beans, AncestryDNA, Simon, State Farm, Owlet, Scott’s Nature’s Care, Creo, GreenPan, Sub-Zero and Wolf, KitchenAid and Vitamix. Want to work with us?
Activism & Giving Back
Alex and Sonja are passionate about issues of food access, food as medicine, environmental sustainability, social justice, social enterprise, education, and diversity and inclusion. Sonja is on the Board of Directors for Center for Global Impact. A Couple Cooks has also partnered with organizations taking strides in these areas, including Purchased, Patachou Foundation, Second Helpings, Exodus Refugee, Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, and more.