Sonja & Alex Overhiser are writer and photographer behind the award winning food blog A Couple Cooks, and authors of the book Pretty Simple Cooking, named a best vegetarian cookbook by Epicurious and Food & Wine. The couple has a worldwide following for their vegetarian and plant based recipes, and their lifestyle approach to eating well. They are also authors of a recipe series with Washington Post Food called Voraciously: Plant Powered, a newsletter series on how to cook more plant-forward meals.
A Couple Cooks was awarded the IACP Best Individual Blog award in 2019 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a professional food media association co-founded by Julia Child. Their original recipes are inspired by fresh, seasonal produce and their adventures travelling the globe: expect everything from crispy cauliflower tacos to margherita pizza.
Shortly after getting married, Sonja and Alex did a 180 from fast and frozen food to eating a home cooked, mostly whole food plant based diet. The positive changes they experienced from a lifestyle approach to healthy eating prompted them to start A Couple Cooks in 2010. Today it receives millions of visitors and connects people all over the world to their vibrant and healthy, plant forward recipes.
A Couple Cooks has been featured on the TODAY Show, and in numerous national print and online publications, including Washington Post, Huffington Post, Oprah, Food & Wine, and Bon Appetit. The couple works as healthy food influencers, recipe developers, food photographers, and on-screen video hosts for major national brands including ALDI and Earthbound Farm Organic, and contribute as freelance writer and photographer to publications such as EatingWell and Parents. They host and produce the food podcast Small Bites featuring short-form interviews with leaders in food.
Sonja and Alex are national advocates for healthy and sustainable eating to improve our health, communities, and planet. Their interests include plant based eating, planetary health, and food justice. They work with the following organizations committed to improving planetary health and public health: Planetary Health Alliance, EAT Foundation, and True Health Initiative.
Sonja and Alex live in Indianapolis, Indiana with their 2-year-old Larson. Sonja is co-founder of the organization Indy Women in Food that champions women in the Indianapolis food industry, and has been featured as a trailblazing woman in food. Together, Sonja and Alex seek to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
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- Meet Us, Press & Brand Work (below)
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- Our Story
- Cancer, Miscarriage, & Adoption
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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 both Food & Wine and Epicurious’ best vegetarian cookbooks. Our work has been featured online in publications including Oprah, Food & Wine, 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.
Sonja and Alex have worked with over 50 national brands to create content including recipe development, food photography, videos, blog and social media promotion, and more. Current and past clients include 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.
A Couple Cooks was nominated for an IACP award for Best Narrative Marketing Campaign in 2018 for coverage of organic dairy for Stonyfield.
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.