Artists and the food that inspires them

Ucross, located on a ranch in northeast Wyoming, has an artist residency program established in 1983 and has provided inspiration to such figures as poet and performer Karma Mayet Johnson, journalist and novelist Suki Kim and baritone Nathan Gunn, among others. Their tenure on the ranch was punctuated by meals from the kitchen of Cindy Brooks, who, along with Cree LeFavour, a former resident, now wrote “The Ucross Cookbook.” (Sales supports nonprofits.) Worth preparing are caramelized carrots with ras-el-hanout; frozen spinach soup; soba noodles with coconut, chili and kale; and River meatballs. The “Poet’s Lunch” peanut butter cookies were a huge hit, and I was happy to see someone beside me simmering jasmine rice in jasmine tea. The recipes don’t provide yield, although the authors say one person should assume about six servings for many people. Experienced chefs will not be discouraged. Testimonials from former residents and captivating landscape photographs adorn the pages.

“The Ucross Cookbook: Cooking for Artists on a Wyoming Ranch” by Cindy Brooks with Cree LeFavour (Ucross Foundation, $40,

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