Because food isn’t just about recipes.
The A Couple Cooks Podcast is a food podcast that explores the stories, people, and ideas behind food. Husband and wife team Alex and Sonja Overhiser went from eating fast and frozen food to regularly cooking from scratch in a matter of months. In the process, they they began to unravel the stories of the people behind the food, the connections of food and the land, and the way food affects our health, communities, and the world. The author and photographer duo behind the nationally acclaimed website A Couple Cooks has teamed up to explore the ideas and stories behind the food to inspire your kitchen journey. Expect recipe ideas and kitchen tips interwoven with conversations with the freshest voices in food, from cookbook authors to local farmers to celebrity chefs.
Past guests have included:
- Graham Elliott, celebrity chef and host of Master Chef
- Rick Bayless, award-winning chef and author
- Chris Bianco, chef and owner of nationally-renowned Pizzeria Bianco
- Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Matthews, author and photographer of Love and Lemons
- Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories
- Martha Collison, quarterfinalist on the Great British Baking Show
- Dr. Drew Ramsey, psychologist and author of Eat Complete
In this episode: we talk with rock star Mario Batali about the true rockstars: local farmers. And, our favorite Italian stew, cooking without a recipe, pickles, tiny houses, and bucket lists. Our recipe of the week: Tomato artichoke lentil stew (A Couple Cooks) Sonja’s recipe pick: Spicy peanut stew with butternut squash and chickpeas (Ashlae Warner of Oh Ladycakes) Alex’s recipe pick: Roasted leeks with tangerine vinaigrette (Michael Anthony from V is for Vegetables) Our honeymoon here, revisited: Rome + the Amalfi Coast The Flavor Bible by Karen Page. What’s in season near you? A seasonal food chart. Sonja’s mom’s peach pie. Mario Batali: his empire. His book, America: Farm to Table. Find a farmer’s market near you. Our refrigerator pickles. Mario’s pasta a la norma. What’s on your bucket list? -Sonja’s bucket list was fulfilled in Alaska. And also, here. -Alex’s bucket list desire: a magical dinner. Tiny houses.
In this episode: Alex unveils a surprise signature cocktail on the air, and we share colorful, seasonal recipes for a Thanksgiving menu (or anytime). Plus salty listener questions answered, eating mindfully, and hygge. Our recipes of the week: Lentil and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts Roasted Cauliflower and Apples with Dill Pumpkin Pie Mousse Shooters Our Winter 2015 signature cocktail: pomegranate spice hygge cocktail. What is hygge? Now you know. (We first heard about it here.) Eating mindfully. Delicata squash fries, with our favorite seasonal squash.
In this episode: a big bowl that unites random refrigerator components, what we learned from Julia Child, and the best way to make cooking fun. Plus, we confess our biggest kitchen disaster and our favorite food memories (hint, Italia). Our recipe of the week: Roasted nourish bowl (A Couple Cooks) Sonja’s recipe pick: Ribollita (Tuscan white bean soup) (Jeanine Donofrio of Love and Lemons) Alex’s recipe pick: Spicy pita pockets with lentils and tahini sauce (Food and Wine) Bonus: Ribollita from A Couple Cooks, recipe from Green Kitchen Travels cookbook by Green Kitchen Stories Our tips on salt The butternut squash soup we used for our on-air salt experiment Cooking as a couple – how we do it, and why to cook with a friend, spouse, partner, etc. The recipe behind our biggest kitchen disaster. Share with us your failure stories? What is your favorite food memory? We’d love to hear. Alex’s favorite food memory in Rome (search for the word “Campoleone”) Sonja’s favorite food memory in Positano (search for the world “Peach”)
In this episode: chili with a magical secret ingredient and a life changing way to make vegetables. Plus, the joy of hosting a dinner party and an encouraging tip from an expert. Our recipe of the week: Quinoa and black bean chili (A Couple Cooks) Sonja’s recipe pick: Spaghetti squash burrito bowl (Kathryne Taylor of Cookie & Kate) Alex’s recipe pick: French Green Beans with Shallots (Jacque Pepin via New York Times) Roasting is our favorite way to prepare vegetables in the fall and winter. Some of our favorite recipes: Spiced roasted cauliflower or roasted cauliflower Roasted brussels sprouts with pecorino and pecans (pecorino and pecans optional) Roasted fingerling and new potatoes with rosemary How to Throw a Healthy Dinner Party from Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table What should Sonja make with an 8-pound green cabbage? Sonja’s farmer’s market haul Did you find the Easter egg? A Couple Cooks on Instagram