“Da Cajn Critter” cookbook, a 2008 USA Book News award winner, is a “gumbo” of old family, friends, and personal recipes from New Orleans, Louisiana, all over the US, and even Italy. These are easy, simple recipes that use ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. It is a way of life for someone who wants to eat good food, be with real people and make cooking simple and easy so you actua
Pamela D. Lyles is the author of Da Cajn Critter: The Lifestyles, The Rules, andMakin’ Groceries. A certified product of Louisiana, it won “Best Books” at the USA Book News Awards in the Home Entertaining category.
She’s been cooking and creating tasty, soulful food in the kitchen since she was a little girl. Growing up in
New Orleans, she observed the magic in her own family’s kitchen and her grandmother’s kitchen. Reading her book provides a feeling of sitting in a comfortable chair at her family table. Her book melds family recipes (she calls some of them heirlooms) and childhood memories into a 185-recipe catalog of some of the best southern fare ever created.
Pamela has appeared on WWL-TV (CBS affiliate) in
New Orleans, WDSU-TV (NBC affiliate). Her work has been featured in Times Picayune, Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, and www.MyNewOrleans.com.
She has appeared at numerous events, including: The Doobie Brothers Charity Concert, Louisiana Road Food Show, State of Louisiana Book Fair, Jazz Fest, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Louisiana Office of Tourism’s Trade Luncheon, NFL’s Europe Game (Saints vs. Chargers), and at the Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour Marketplace.
She has over a quarter-century of experience in executive sales management for a number of cosmetics and fragrance companies, including The Elizabeth Arden Company. She helped develop and launch Elizabeth Taylor’s fragrance collection, including Passion and White Diamonds. Pamela was named Manager of the Year at Charles of the Ritz Group.
For the past several years, Pamela has developed Lyles Ventures, LLC, a company that specializes in book publishing and entertainment.
Pamela is active in her community. She has volunteered at
TouroHospital, Temple Sinai Sisterhood, and her high school alumni board. For the past 12 years she has served the National Council of Jewish Women and previously held the position of president for two years. She served on the New Orleans Saints executive fan board (1 of 5 women slected). Pamela also volunteered at NBC-TV affiliate WDSU to help resolve consumer complaints for “6 On Your Side.”
She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from
University of Texas. Pamela resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, please consult www.dacajncritter.com.
2008 Winner USA Book News Awards, Home Entertaining
"Certified Product of Louisiana" status given by the State of Louisiana
Lyles Ventures LLC
2228 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans LA 70130