A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Lyles spent a significant portion of her life living in the Houston area before returning to New Orleans. When her family was forced to evacuate New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina, Lyles once again returned to Houston with her family so that her daughter could continue school. During this time, Lyles finally found the time to complete her cookbook, which had been in planning stages for several years. The result was “Da Cajn Critter;” a user-friendly compilation of fun and easy recipes that have been tried and true successes over the years in the Lyles’ hotel-like household.
Da Cajn Critter cookbook 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 actually WANT to cook! It’s about breaking the rules and making cooking fun again. It’s your ticket to creating a great restaurant meal in the comfort of your own home.
Since the book’s release, it has been taken on by local and national booksellers alike including the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa, CA. The book received the prestigious award of 2008 Best Book in the Home Entertaining category from USA Book News. The state of Louisiana has given Da Critter the certification of a “Certified Product of Louisiana” and featured the cookbook at its International Media Luncheon in London, England in October, 2008 when the New Orleans Saints played the San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium. Recently, Lyles was featured at the 23rd Annual Doobie Bros. Charity Concert Event at BR Cohn Winery in Sonoma, CA.
Come meet the original ‘Critter’ herself on Saturday, October 24th at the aforementioned times and locations and take home your very own Cajun Critter cookbook.
More information on Pam Lyles and Da Cajn Critter is available at www.dacajncritter.com .
Da Cajn Critter (ISBN 978-0-9800236-
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Da Cajn Critter cookbook,2008 USA Book News award winner, is a “gumbo” of Cajun, Creole,old family, friends, and personal recipes from New Orleans, Louisiana. These are easy, simple recipes that use ingredients that can be found at any grocery store.