Nancy Keeney Forster met her husband Cliff while they were both students at Stanford University. In 1949 they were married and launched on his 34 year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. As she faced the challenges of learning how to cook plus act as diplomatic hostess during their journey from one Asian city to another, she took on two additional careers: mother and teacher of high school history in Japan, Israel, Washington D.C., and Hawaii.
In recent years she has gathered and published stories of her husband’s unusual childhood and their family’s diplomatic journey (Encounters: A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers, 2009); and the experiences of students, alumni and teachers in the International Baccalaureate Program (Journeys in Learning Across Frontiers: Stories, Strategies and Inspiration from the IB Community, July 2012).
Her most recent book is a companion to Encounters titled A Culinary Journey: Recipes and Reminiscences of an American Diplomat’s Wife (January 2013). In it Nancy shares her recipes and their stories as experienced over six decades.
Nancy and Cliff moved to Tiburon, California in 1995 where they continued to travel, to entertain family and friends and to experiment with new dishes. Cliff died in 2006. Their three children and five grandchildren are also crossing cultural and culinary frontiers at home and abroad.