Popular husband-and-wife bloggers and podcasters (acouplecooks.com) offer 100 recipes with an emphasis on whole foods and getting into the kitchen together. The couple’s non-diet approach features simple lifestyle changes to make healthy cooking sustainable, rather than a short term fix.
A love story at its finest, Alex and Sonja Overhiser first fell for each other–and then the kitchen. In a matter of months, the writer-photographer duo went from eating fast and frozen food to regularly cooking vegetarian meals from scratch. In the process, they found they had more energy, slept better, and were happier. Together, the two unraveled a “pretty simple” approach to home cooking that kicks the diet in favor of long-term lifestyle changes.
The pair’s debut cookbook, A Couple Cooks–Pretty Simple Cooking, is a terrific combination of spirited writing, nourishing recipes with a Mediterranean flair, and vibrant photography. The 100 functional and creative recipes are heavy on flavor, with an eye toward moving veggies to the center of the plate. All recipes are vegetarian, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Intended for eaters of all kinds who want to eat more vegetables, Sonja and Alex dubbed the book a “vegetarian cookbook for non-vegetarians”–and it stuck.
At the book’s heart are the couple’s top ten lessons for a healthy approach to food in the long-term, like gathering with friends and family, bouncing back from failure, and just having fun. Illustrated with a custom watercolor for each lesson, it’s a beautiful coffee table book that’s food for thought, at the same time providing real food recipes for eating around the table.
Sonja Overhiser is a writer, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate. Along with her husband Alex, she created the A Couple Cooks website, 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 good cup of coffee, a morning trip to the farmer’s market, eating pizza in Italy, and she has a hidden talent of salsa dancing.
Alex Overhiser is food photographer, recipe developer, podcast host and web designer behind A Couple Cooks. Alex’s food photography is nationally known and has been featured in the Huffington Post, People.com, Food52, Buzzfeed, The Kitchn, and Indianapolis Monthly. In addition to A Couple Cooks, Alex maintains freelance gigs in food photography and web design. He loves a good cup of coffee, hiking, and his smartwatch.
Sonja and Alex are married and live in Indianapolis. Discover More
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