nicole branan

Welcome! I’m Nicole Branan, a professional recipe developer, food photographer and stylist in the greater Denver area and this is my food blog.

The Spice Train is for everyone who loves good food. What you find here is from-scratch cooking and baking with real ingredients and lots of delicious herbs and spices.

My recipes have been featured on Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Buzzfeed, Huffington PostTown & Country and Redbook.

My food photographs have won international awards and have been licensed and published in numerous cookbooks, online publications and print magazines.

To see more of my photography work, please visit my portfolio website

I have also written a food photography eBook that you can check out here: Food Photography Behind the Scenes–Bright Food, Dark Shadows.

If you are interested in working with me or want to license my photos for commercial or editorial use, please contact me at

Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate your interest!