Sonja and Alex Overhiser are writer and photographer behind the acclaimed food blog A Couple Cooks and authors of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks and best healthy cookbooks. The couple has gained a worldwide following for their delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes, and their sustainable approach to cooking and eating well.
Alex and Sonja have been featured on the TODAY Show, and in numerous national print and online publications, including Washington Post, Huffington Post and Bon Appetit. The couple works as healthy food influencers, recipe developers, and food photographers for major national brands including ALDI, Kroger, and Stonyfield, and contribute to publications such as EatingWell and Parents. In addition, they host and produce the acclaimed food podcast Small Bites, and are national advocates for healthy and sustainable eating.
Sonja is co-founder of the network Indy Women in Food that supports women working in the food industry in Indianapolis. Sonja and Alex live in Indianapolis, Indiana with their 2-year-old Larson.
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Meet A Couple Cooks
Welcome to A Couple Cooks! We’re Sonja and Alex Overhiser, the husband and wife who write and photograph this website, and authors of the vegetarian cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking. How did it all start? We got married and wanted to learn to cook. In 2010, we started this food blog as a way to keep track of the new plant based recipes we were cooking up. Now, we’re a professional photographer and writer who develop recipes and photograph food for national brands. And, we’re authors of a cookbook about our story of learning to cook plant based whole food recipes from scratch–together! There’s nothing we love more than meeting new people and inviting them to our table.
Our eating style: we eat a mostly whole food plant based diet. Most of the recipes you’ll see on this website are vegetarian or vegan, since about 90% of the time we eat that way. Our eating style is most similar to the Mediterranean diet, with lots of seasonal vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and olive oil. We’re passionate about buying local and organic where possible. Above all, we avoid rules-based eating and instead embrace the joy of eating good food with family and friends around the table. We call that 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, women entrepreneurship, and diversity and inclusion. A Couple Cooks has also partnered with organizations taking strides in these areas, including The Patachou Foundation, United Way, Second Helpings, Exodus Refugee, Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, and more.