A Couple Cooks | Small Bites

Cookbook authors Sonja and Alex Overhiser pair small bites of food with short form interviews to inspire you in less than 20 minutes. The married duo behind the acclaimed website A Couple Cooks has teamed up to explore the stories, ideas, and people behind what we eat, featuring leading authors, entrepreneurs, and celebrity chefs. It’s a busy world, they cut the small talk and get right to the point, all in the time of your daily commute!
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Nov 22, 2018

“I don’t expect perfection: I long for relationship.” Cookbook author and video series host Ashley Rodriguez joins us to talk about life around the table. In an Instagram-saturated world, how do we overcome our desire for a perfect meal and simply gather around the table? We also chat about teaching kids of all kinds learn to embrace the beauty of food. With Ashley’s interview, we pair a charred scallion dip from her new book, Let’s Stay In.


Connect: Find Ashley Rodriguez at the Not Without Salt website, on Instagram as @ashrod, or as the host and producer of the video series Kitchen Unnecessary


Book: Let’s Stay In by Ashley Rodriguez


Small Bite Recipe: Charred Scallion Dip from Let’s Stay In


Find A Couple Cooks: Find Sonja & Alex on Instagram at @acouplecooks or online at Find Pretty Simple Cooking online and everywhere books are sold.

Jun 7, 2017

You’ve heard of four seasons, but six? This episode stars Joshua McFadden, chef/owner of the acclaimed Ava Gene’s in Portland. Joshua shares about his massive cookbook project, Six Seasons, intended to teach everyone from first time cooks to foodies how to make seasonal vegetables taste incredible. He also chats about his journey from film school to chef of one of the premier restaurants in the country. Plus, we share how to make raw falafel, and tips for shopping affordably at your local farmer’s market.



Raw falafel buddha bowls


Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene’s Chef/Owner (Portland)

Website | Instagram


>>Order the cookbook: Six Seasons


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Mar 29, 2017

Israeli-born chef Einat Admony is one of the few female chefs who is a wife, mother, cookbook author, and owner of not just one but three successful Israeli restaurants in New York City. She joins us in this episode to chat about what a balaboosta is (and how to be one), tasty falafel and tahini, and her relentless passion for cooking for people she loves. Plus, we chat about fearless cooking and a few Mediterranean-inspired recipes of our own.



Baked falafel salad bowl | A Couple Cooks

Falafel patties with harissa yogurt | A Couple Cooks



Balaboosta by Einat Admony


Chef Einat on Instagram



Taim (NYC)

Balaboosta (NYC)

Bar Bolonat (NYC)


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Mar 16, 2016

“The” chef Rick Bayless joins us on a journey to explore Mexican cuisine. From huevos rancheros tacos to roasted tomatillo salsa, we discuss authentic flavors, Baja California, his newest (secret) restaurant project, and what it’s like to compete on a cooking show. Plus, fun tips like how to regulate the heat of your salsa and make impressive giant flames. It’s a legit fiesta.




Loaded huevos rancheros tacos (A Couple Cooks)

Roasted tomatillo salsa (A Couple Cooks via Rick Bayless)

Homemade tortilla chips (A Couple Cooks)

More Mexican from A Couple Cooks


Rick Bayless:

His bio

His new book: More Mexican Everyday

His restaurants: Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco

His new project?

Valle de Guadalupe: the Napa Valley of Mexico

Finca Altozano

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Jan 20, 2016

In this episode: we explore the fun of eating global flavors and travel-inspired meals with featuring celebrity chef Carla Hall, Top Chef finalist and host of ABC’s The Chew. We talk everything from herbs and spices to her philanthropic trip to Mozambique; plus, our favorite Indian-inspired comfort food turned to simple weeknight meal.


Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry (A Couple Cooks)


All about Carla Hall

Her book: Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World

Carla Hall on Instagram


Our time in Greece inspired these recipes

A video we took at the Cambodian market

25 Healthy Recipes with Global Flavors


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Dec 21, 2015

In this episode, we talk PIZZA: its evolution from peasant food to worldwide fame, a wood-fired pizza shared in Rome, and a years-long quest to recreate it. Plus, our best tips for making pizza at home, and our chat with premier pizza restaurateur Caleb Schiff of Pizzicletta.


VIDEO: Homemade pizza dough

Pizza dough recipe - stand mixer method

Pizza dough recipe - food processor method

Gluten-free? Check out Gluten-free artisan bread in 5 minutes a day

How to make a sourdough starter

Tipo 00 flour


Pizza peel (standard)

Pizza peel (conveyor)

Pizza stone


Pizza margherita

Pesto & tomatoes

White pizza with pecorino, scallions and egg *A favorite*

So Cal


Kale & pistachio


Thai curry


Caleb Schiff of Pizzicletta (Flagstaff, Arizona)

Pizzicletta on Instagram


Our honeymoon in Rome (revisited 7 years later)


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Dec 14, 2015

In this episode: we make dark chocolate bark on the air in our kitchen -- a perfect anytime treat that’s a little bit fancy + supremely simple. Then we talk recipes with entertaining queen Annie Marshall from the blog Annie’s Eats, including DIY food projects like bread, tortillas, yogurt, ice cream, and more.


Our recipe of the week: Dark chocolate quinoa bark

Raw brownies are dark chocolatey and wholesome; they’re a hit in our house.


Alex quotes from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, which has had a huge influence on our philosophy on food.


We talk recipes with Annie Marshall of Annie’s Eats

Our garlic and rosemary white bean dip was part of her holiday spread

Her go to’s for family dinners: Mexican quinoa & Salmon salad with honey mustard vinaigrette


Our DIY challenge: try one new-to-you homemade recipe:

Flour tortillas or Corn tortillas (Annie’s Eats)

Multigrain artisan no-knead bread (A Couple Cooks)

Light wheat sandwich bread (Annie’s Eats)

Stand mixer pizza dough (A Couple Cooks)

DIY Greek yogurt (Annie’s Eats)

Ricotta cheese (Annie’s Eats)

Waffle cones or sugar cones (Annie’s Eats)

Sweet corn black raspberry ice cream (Annie’s Eats)

Salted butter caramel ice cream (Annie’s Eats)

Salted chocolate pistachio creamy vegan ice cream (A Couple Cooks)

Mocha almond fudge vegan ice cream (A Couple Cooks)


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Dec 7, 2015

In this episode: we talk with celebrity chef Graham Elliot about having fun in the kitchen and his approach to healthy living. Plus, how we went from hating to craving healthy foods, comforting casseroles, bird food, and lighting rounds.


Our recipe of the week: Roasted broccoli cheddar millet bake (A Couple Cooks)

Millet’s PR problem


Graham Elliott

Master Chef and Master Chef Junior

His cookbook, Cooking Like a Master Chef

Sonja’s salsa dancing skillz


What are your top 5 foods? A couple of ours:

Pizza margherita


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Nov 30, 2015

In this episode: we interview a real urban farmer (Amy Matthews) and brainstorm what to do with her seasonal eats. Plus, we share the story of how we got into cooking in the first place, an innovative pad thai variation, new comfort foods to get through the winter months, and our favorite podcasts.


Our recipe of the week: Spaghetti squash pad thai (A Couple Cooks)

Sonja’s recipe pick: Red curry lentils (Lindsay Ostrom of Pinch of Yum)
Alex’s recipe pick: Mushrooms and greens with toast (Tara O’Brady in Seven Spoons Cookbook via Smitten Kitchen)

Bonus: Dolsot bibimbap (I am Food Blog | Stephanie Le) or Vegetarian dolsot bibimbap (Emily Ho | The Kitchn)


Our tour with Amy at South Circle Farm

Recipes with Amy’s produce:

Fennel: Italian white bean soup (a favorite!)

Bok choy: Market vegetable fried rice

Parsnip: Roasted root vegetables

Rainbow carrots: Raw with Garlic and rosemary white bean dip or Greek yogurt ranch dip


We recreated the the homemade sushi dinner that started it all

Julia Child, the mother of all cooking shows (complete with old episodes)

Alton Brown’s Good Eats

Jamie Oliver

Who inspires you to cook (on TV or in real life)?


Our favorite podcasts - what podcasts do you love?

Amy's podcast recommendation: The Memory Palace.


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