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Da Cajn Critter Spiral-bound – October 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lyles Ventures LLC; Spi edition (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980023602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980023602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Got resolutions? How about a little resolve. Whether your resolution was to hit the gym or to secure ten more retail accounts for your cookbook, you re not alone if you ve already cheated or shunned your 2009 resolutions. Resolve, however, is quite different from a resolution. Resolve is more a personality trait than a passing fad. Resolve is long-term dedication and effort to achieve many successes, large and small, and resolve must be present 365 days a year if you want to earn successful cookbook sales. FRP client Pam Lyles exemplifies how resolve can result in successes for an independent publisher. Lyles released Da Cajn Critter last September and, despite the current economy, has already sold through half of her book s first print run. Lyles even connected with the Louisiana Department of Tourism when its representatives were traveling abroad to London with the New Orleans Saints in October 08, as part of the NFL s International Tour. Lyles submitted marketing materials that were included in a number of related events abroad. Lyles is even traveling to St. Helena, California, in February 09 to do a book signing and wine tasting at Markham Vineyards, which she has frequented in her travels for more than ten years. Having numerous acquaintances at the vineyard and in the industry, she came up with fun ways to pair her recipes with their wines, made a phone call, and scheduled the event. From New Orleans to St. Helena, a commonality in any market is that there is great competition. You have to give them a reason in today s world to carry your book, says Lyles, and it has to be a point of difference. --FRP --FRP Table Talk, Jan2009

Hostess with the Most

In her new cookbook Da Cajn Critter, local hostess Pamela Lyles shares tips to keep guests smiling ..

In February 1999, upon spending their first Mardi Gras at home on the St. Charles Avenue parade route, Pamela Lyles and her family christened their home Hotel Lyles. From that year on, house guests from near and far seemed to flock like little critters to Hotel Lyles where family, friends, food and fun were always served with a smile. For many, consecutive weekends of impromptu entertaining might seem daunting not to mention exhausting. But for Lyles, creating in the kitchen has always been a freeing experience. As she explains in her debut cookbook, Da Cajn Critter, Cooking shouldn t be stressful or a chore but an experience that is fun, creative and relaxing, and most of all, tastes good ! With that in mind, experience the joy of effortless entertaining with these easy recipes for homemade Mardi Gras munchies and libations. Each recipe can be prepared the night before for lots of taste with little time or headache. --Margaret Zainey Roux, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Feb 2009

Got resolutions? How about a little resolve.

Whether your resolution was to hit the gym or to secure ten more retail accounts for your cookbook, you re not alone if you ve already cheated or shunned your 2009 resolutions.
Resolve, however, is quite different from a resolution. Resolve is more a personality trait than a passing fad. Resolve is long-term dedication and effort to achieve many successes, large and small, and resolve must be present 365 days a year if you want to earn successful cookbook sales.
FRP client Pam Lyles exemplifies how resolve can result in successes for an independent publisher.
Lyles released Da Cajn Critter last September and, despite the current economy, has already sold through half of her book s first print run.
Lyles even connected with the Louisiana Department of Tourism when its representatives were traveling abroad to London with the New Orleans Saints in October 08, as part of the NFL s International Tour. Lyles submitted marketing materials that were included in a number of related events abroad. ......
Lyles is even traveling to St. Helena, California, in February 09 to do a book signing and wine tasting at Markham Vineyards, which she has frequented in her travels for more than ten years. Having numerous acquaintances at the vineyard and in the industry, she came up with fun ways to pair her recipes with their wines, made a phone call, and scheduled the event......
From New Orleans to St. Helena, a commonality in any market is that there is great competition. You have to give them a reason in today s world to carry your book, says Lyles, and it has to be a point of difference. --FRP Table Talk, Jan2009

About the Author

Pamela Lyles has been cooking and creating 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. For the past twenty-five years, she has worked in sales management and marketing for the cosmetic industry, which included working with Elizabeth Taylor as a member of the team that developed the marketing and sales plans for Taylor's internationally distributed fragrances. Da Cajn Critter began as an idea for a cookbook that evolved into so much more. Reading it is like sitting down in a comfortable chair in the family den and becoming a member of the family. The Critter was born out of childhood memories, juggling family, career, traveling, and finding a way to enjoy her personal life.

More About the Author

Pamela D. Lyles is the author of Da Cajn Critter: The Lifestyles, The Rules, and Makin' 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 Touro Hospital, 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.

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The recipes are easy and fun - even if you don't like to cook - you WILL, if you use this book.
Amy Hanavan
This cookbook covers all of the important food groups with extra sections at the end containing useful tips and good- natured humor to add to the book's enjoyment.
Bryan Carey
And the nice thing aside from the bounty of wonderful recipes which have all be successful, is the fact the book lays flat which makes using it easier.
Elizabeth

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana F. Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I am not a native New Orleanian, but for over twenty years, I have been privy to many a delicious feast from folks who have lived here for generations and are more than proud to walk you around their kitchen, barbeque pit or crawfish boiler be it in the city itself, the surrounding bayou cities peppered with fishing camps, the tailgate ring around Tiger Stadium or the Superdome, or in the more rustic environs around Baton Rouge where deer stands and campfires rule supreme. No matter where you go, if you love food and approach it with an open mind, the chefs, both men and women both, will be happy to talk the talk with you and share some of their time-honored recipes. Tablespoons, teaspoons and other measurements go the way of the kitchen sink and "pinches", "dashes" and "smidgens" mean flavor that will send your taste buds into down-home nirvana where mama's secret ingredient might just mean something so outside the box your cholesterol will peak with guilty pleasure and your cardiologist will shake his head as he himself sneaks just one more bite when no one is looking. In "Da Cajn Critter," Uptown New Orleans denizen, Pamela D. Lyles, puts together a slick little volume of food and fun compiled during the time she and her family evacuated to Houston during Katrina. They say cooking alleviates stress and I am sure that like the rest of us, hurricane survivors and rebirth die-hards, the preservation of things that may have been lost for good was ample motivation to get the "Da Cajn Critter" out of the realm of the head and into the stuff of which dreams are made.

Lyles doesn't focus only on N'Awlins cuisine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on December 7, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Da Cajn Critter is a cookbook with New Orleans style recipes for good times and good fun. This cookbook covers all of the important food groups with extra sections at the end containing useful tips and good- natured humor to add to the book's enjoyment.

Author Pamela Lyles starts off the book by explaining why she loves to cook and how she came up with the book's title. Always a fan of good food, the author feels that good eating is the best remedy to many of life's trials and tribulations. She created this book using some recipes of her own as well as recipes from others that have been handed down over the years. Some of the recipes are a little more involved, but they are all much simpler than those of most other cookbooks. They give you a feeling of confidence when you read them because the instructions are generally short and simple. They are basically a list of commands, so there is little wordiness and little worry about misinterpretation.

In addition to the actual recipes, many readers will enjoy the final tabbed section, Lagniappe; or A Little Something Extra. This section includes some practical tips, such as pairing wine with food; some history/trivia, such as the history of the King Cake; and some humor, such as Civil War: The North vs. the South, which explains how southerners and northerners pronounce things differently. Author Pamela Lyles wants the book to be fun, but she also wants readers to make tasty food and learn a little in the process. She accomplishes both in this and other sections.

Even though I am not one who likes to cook, I like the recipes in this book and I like the author's enthusiasm and friendliness. One addition that could make the book better would be a few illustrations. As it stands, there are no illustrations of any recipes.
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By Gimme The Scoop on February 9, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
I cant imagine not having this totally cool cookbook in my kitchen! The first thing that I really love about it is the fact that it's spiral bound. I love spiral bound cookbooks because they are so much easier to use and lay flater when your following a recipe.

I'm not gonna go into alot of detail on the yummy recipes because not only will you be salivating reading this but I am already sniffing around my kitchen hungry myself! A few I have tried myself and are really yummy yummy are "Mama Bea's Cheese Cookies, Seven Layered Mexican Dip, Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls, and the Hawaiian Kabobs" but it's got loads more that I intend to try!

There is a terrific section at the end of the book that has loads of tips for making the perfect cakes, candies, and other things as well as fun food facts, cooking with wine tips, table settings, and other useful tid-bits!
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Just in time for Mardi Gras and a wonderful cook book for all ages. We have lots of kids in the family which means they love cooking. And having family in New Orleans that we visit, we always get hungry for authentic Cajun food. This cook book is one the kids actually use to surprise us with dinner. And the nice thing aside from the bounty of wonderful recipes which have all be successful, is the fact the book lays flat which makes using it easier. Unlike other cook books whose pages you have to weight down so the pages don't flip. And the sections have Tabs that show you where the Seafood, Vegetable, Dessert sections are. Much easier than having to look at the index section. Have to note the Lagniappe or A Little Something Extra section at the end is so much fun. Like how to pronounce certain words.
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