Welcome! We’re Sonja & Alex, husband and wife healthy cooking and living influencers in Indianapolis. We’re a writer + photographer recipe developer couple who believes in the power of REAL GOOD FOOD for all. We’ve found that real, whole food not only tastes good, but can do good for our bodies, communities, and the world.
We don’t ascribe to a specific diet: not clean eating, vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, or otherwise, though we do eat mostly plant-centric meals with occasional seafood or meat mixed in (we say flexitarian). Instead, we’ve found joy in celebrating real good food with the human connection of family and friends around the table.
This website features recipes we create, cook, and photograph together in our home kitchen, along with tips on how to integrate healthy habits into everyday life. To learn more about us and our work, see below.
Real good food: good for your body, community, and world.
Who We Are
Sonja Overhiser is a writer, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate known for her passion for cooking and eating well. In 2010 along with her husband Alex, she created the
A Couple Cooks food blog, a collection of whole foods recipes and inspiration for healthy and sustainable eating. She is co-host of the
A Couple Cooks podcast, which features conversations in food with personalities from local farmers to celebrity chefs. She loves a strong cup of coffee, trips to the farmer’s market, travelling in Italy and Greece, and has a hidden talent of salsa dancing.
Alex Overhiser is a food photographer, recipe developer, podcast host, and the web designer behind A Couple Cooks. Alex’s food photography is nationally known and has been featured in online and print publications. In addition to A Couple Cooks, Alex maintains freelance gigs in food photography and web design. He loves a locally roasted cup of coffee, hiking, and his smartwatch.
Sonja and Alex are married and live in Indianapolis, Indiana in a historic home with their spunky Pomeranian, Luna. As A Couple Cooks, they are devoted to their community and engage in events to advocate for healthy living in Indianapolis, as well as campaigns around the country and world. Through A Couple Cooks, Alex and Sonja have been featured in print and on TV, partnered with national brands to create recipes, featured top authors, chefs, and thought-leaders in interviews, taught cooking classes at restaurants and community centers, traveled to Cambodia to write a benefit cookbook for a culinary school, and worked with local farmer’s markets and restaurateurs to promote good, sustainable food.
Can healthy food taste good? YES! When we got married 8 years ago we subsisted on frozen and fast food. After we read the book Food Matters by Mark Bittman, we were inspired to try cooking with non-processed ingredients and found this new way of eating was truly delicious. We started this website to document the recipes we were cooking, and it grew from there.
Do you both really cook? YES! Both husband and wife are in the kitchen getting our hands dirty. Cooking together is our form of quality time together. Along the way Alex started taking photographs and Sonja started writing down recipes. The rest is history.
Are you vegetarian? Sometimes? We eat mainly vegetarian at home, but we allow space for seafood and meat on occasions like special events, going out to eat, and holidays, which makes our way of eating more accessible in social situations.
What does flexitarian mean? That was it! (up arrow)
Who are some of your inspirations? Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman are the people who inspired us to start eating whole foods and mostly plants, and we have huge respect for what they do. Julia Child is our other inspiration: she had such a passion for cooking, people and life! She was an amazing woman who taught us to cook through her cooking shows and cookbooks.
What kind of camera do you use? Our gear has been in near-constant change over time. We currently shoot with a Canon 5D III and a selection of prime lenses. Though, more and more we shoot with our smartphones.
Professional Services: Our professional services include freelance recipe development, photography, and content development. We also work with brands we trust to create original recipes and content for our site and social media.
Healthy & Whole: 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.
Advocacy: 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.
Contact:For more information on working with A Couple Cooks, contact us for a media kit!