Pretty Simple Cooking Cookbook is Here!

Pretty Simple Cooking | A Couple Cooks

It’s here! Our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food, has officially launched as of February 6! Thank you so, so much for all your help in getting to this point. It’s because of you, dear readers, that we’re here in the first place. This book is not just a book to us: it’s a journey. And the journey has been on so many levels: a journey of finding each other, falling in love with the kitchen, and the long walk of finding family. If you’ve heard our story, you know that our journey to find our son Larson coincided with the steps of writing a book. We couldn’t be happier to reveal that the book is dedicated to him, the dream that came true while we were writing the book! Check the first page of the cookbook when you receive it. Here’s a short Q&A about the book now that it’s out in the world, including the book trailer, preview recipes, book tour, and more!

If I love it, should I share? 

Yes, yes and yes! If you make something from Pretty Simple Cooking and love it, we’d love to see a photo of what you try! Just tag @acouplecooks and use the hashtag #PrettySimpleCooking. (Instagram is our platform of choice, but we’re on Facebook and Twitter too.)

***If you have 2 minutes to spare, we’d LOVE a brief Amazon review! Here’s the Amazon page to head to.

If you’d like to join our virtual Pretty Simple dinner party on February 17 to cook one recipe from the book on the same night, we’d love to have you! Shoot me an email to join,

Do you have any previews?

Here’s a list of Pretty Simple Cooking press mentions, most of them including sample recipes, from the Washington Post, AOL, Food52, our favorite food blogs, and more.

How can I find it? 

Pretty Simple Cooking is available on Amazon // Barnes and Noble // IndieBound // Books a Million // iBooks

In Indianapolis, is available at The Garden Table // Goose the Market // Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe // Silver in the City

Got a book trailer? 

Yes, we do! Here it is:

Are you going on a book tour?

We are! Check out our cookbook page for all the confirmed events, in Indianapolis and around the country. A brief outline of confirmed cities:

  • New York City, February 22
  • Chicago, March 1
  • Minneapolis, April 7-10
  • San Francisco, April 22
  • LA, April 27
  • Nashville, May 11
  • Denver, May 17-18

If you have an idea that would bring us to your city, please shoot us an email:

What’s the cookbook all about?

Pretty Simple Cooking isn’t just a healthy vegetarian cookbook, it’s our lifestyle-based approach to getting in the kitchen. What’s pretty simple cooking? Food can be both pretty (delicious and beautiful) and simple (approachable and nourishing). Home cooking with whole foods and lots of vegetables isn’t easy, but can be pretty simple once you rethink the way you approach the kitchen. We also share our top 10 lessons for a lifelong practice of home cooking. Here are a few things that we think make Pretty Simple Cooking stand out:

  •  It includes 100 new, creative recipes—all vegetarian, but intended for all eaters. The recipes in the book are in our signature style: beautiful and creative, yet functional and accessible for the everyday home cook. Many are also gluten-free and vegan. People tend ask us, How can I eat more vegetables? Here’s 100 of our favorite vegetable-centric recipes, tested in hundreds of real kitchens around the country. We started calling it a vegetarian cookbook for non-vegetarians—and it stuck.
  •  There’s a full-color photograph for every recipe. Confession: we rarely make something from a cookbook if it doesn’t have a photograph. From an informal survey of friends and family, we found most people feel the same.
  •  We share our top 10 “secrets” to surviving and thriving in the kitchen. People ask us how we do it all the time. And we say things like: We slowed down and prioritized cooking. We almost always cook for or with people. We learned to enjoy the journey. These “secrets” are what keep us going in the kitchen, and what we wanted to share about in our cookbook. Each lesson has a beautiful watercolor by Ashley Rodriguez.
  •  Simplest and quickest recipes are easy to find. Have you ever tried to find something quick and easy in a cookbook, but it’s impossible to find? In our book, each chapter starts with the simplest recipe. As you page along through the chapter, the recipes get more involved. This way, you know if you start with a recipe in the beginning of a chapter, it should be relatively simple.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    February 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I got the book in the mail today! I am so excited to pour over every page and start bookmarking everything I can’t wait to try. Congratulations Sonja and Alex!

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      March 14, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words about Pretty Simple Cooking, Emily!!!! We so appreciate you ordering the book and THANK YOU for all your support! We hope you love the recipes!

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    Heather E.
    February 7, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Couldn’t wait to get home yesterday! It’s beautiful! I was hoping for a snow day today so I could sit and spend quality time with it AND, I got it!

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      March 14, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Heather, thank you SO MUCH for ordering Pretty Simple Cooking and for your overwhelming support! That means the world to us!

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    Kait Gerlowski
    February 7, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Got the book in the mail and LOVE it! Thanks for all your hard work!

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      March 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Oh we’re SO SO glad to hear it! Thank you so much for ordering it. We look forward to hearing what you make!

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    February 7, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Just got it in the mail and all the recipes look delicious! Very excited to start cooking them! Thank you

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      March 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Hooray — THANK YOU so much for ordering it! Have you tried anything out? We’d love to hear!

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