Pamela  D. Lyles is the author of Da Cajn Critter:  The Lifestyles, The Rules,  and Makin’ Groceries.  A "Certified Product of Louisiana" and the 2008 winner “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 in New Orleans on WWL-TV (CBS affiliate), WGNO-TV (ABC  Affiliate), and  WDSU-TV (NBC affiliate). Her work has been featured in  Times Picayune, Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, and www.MyNewOrleans.com .

She  has appeared at numerous events, including:  The Doobie Brothers  Charity Concert(Sonoma, CA), Silverado Vineyards(Napa, CA), Louisiana Road Food Show, State of  Louisiana Book Fair, New Orleans Heritage & Jazz Fest, Southern Food and Beverage Museum,  Louisiana Office of Tourism’s Trade Luncheon, NFL’s 2008 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 ten years, Pamela has developed Lyles Ventures, LLC, a  company that specializes in book publishing and entertainment. Pamela  is active in her community. She is currently on the Board of Directors  of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and participates with Malcolm Jenkins,  a Superbowl winning New Orleans Saint and Philadelphia Eagle , in  community activities in both New Orleans and Philadelphia. She  participates in other foundations with pro bowl Safety , Roman Harper's "Harper's  Hope" Foundation; pro bowl Safety, Mike McKenzie's "34 Ways" Foundation; FOX sports reporter, Jen Hale's  Sideline Pass Foundation; and Kendal Francis' Blessed 26 Organization. She has volunteered at Touro Hospital, Temple Sinai  Sisterhood, and her high school alumni board. For the past 20 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 selected).  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.