Swendson, Patsy 1944-

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Swendson, Patsy 1944-


Born February 20, 1944, in Denver, CO; daughter of Edward and Hyacinth Bynum; divorced; children: Kimberly. Education: University of Oklahoma, B.A.


Home—San Antonio, TX.


Writer. Owner of a bed-and-breakfast establishment in San Antonio, TX; formerly host of a television cooking program.


(With Ole Swendson) Makin' Memories in the Kitchen: Seasonal Entertaining with Patsy and Ole Swendson, illustrated by Paula Haynes, Eakin Press (Austin, TX), 1988.

(With Debbie Little) The Potluck Adventures of Mrs. Marmalade, Panda Books (Austin, TX), 1989.

(With Ole Swendson) Solid Chocolate, privately printed (San Antonio, TX), 1989.

Popovers, Peaches, and Four-Poster Beds: A Hill Country Sampler of Delicious Ways to Start the Day, illustrated by Debbie Little, Eakin Press (Austin, TX), 1990.

(Creator of recipes) June Hayes, Texas the Beautiful Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the Regions of Texas, photographs by E. Jane Armstrong, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995.

Penny's from Heaven: Stories of Healing, LangMarc Publishing (Austin, TX), 2006.

Author of nearly fifty other privately printed cookbooks.


Patsy Swendson told CA: "I began writing cookbooks in 1973 as an accompaniment to my televised cooking program. The program ran for twenty years, and in that time I wrote nearly fifty cookbooks. I wrote Penny's from Heaven: Stories of Healing to give readers an idea of the heartwarming, intimate, and compelling encounters with patients in a rehabilitation hospital. A lot has been written on the clinical side, but not much on the personal side, including the amazing healing that often occurs when a non-judgmental and compassionate dog enters the scene. My passion has always been pet-assisted therapy, and that is where my focus is now."