34: Pamela Hamilton

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From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.

Today: A woman who likes to take it slow.

Tastemaker 34: Pamela Hamilton

Pamela Hamilton is the editor and publisher of Edible Phoenix magazine, a quarterly guide to seasonal, local and sustainable food. She's a major proponent of Slow Food and an avid cookbook collector.

I arrived in Phoenix with... high expectations. On a previous visit I'd dined at Roxsand and was impressed with the quality of the ingredients and the creativity.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Danny Meyer and my food-obsessed book club. We're reading his classic "Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business" as our October selection.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is.... a restaurant that purchases food from local suppliers and cooks it with passion and care (such as the ones highlighted in our "Eat Local Guide".) Oh and they have to visit a farmers market too!

One menu item this city could do without is... chain restaurant fast food.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... at a long table filled with farm fresh ingredients, Arizona wine, good friends, a freshly roasted pig and home made bread. And not during our "hot" season.

The Tastemakers so far:
100: Tracy Dempsey
99: Craig DeMarco
98: Lara Mulchay
97: M.J. Coe
96: Betty Alatorre de Hong
95: Eric Schaefer
94: Hanna Gabrielsson
93: Shinji Kurita
92: Silvana Salcido Esparza
91: Mike Pitt
90: Christina Barrueta
89: Christopher Gross
88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung
87: DJ Fernandes
86: Cullen Campbell
85: Chris Lee
84. Gwen Ashley Walters
83: Tony Morales
82: Lylah Ledner
81: Andrea White
80: Lori Hashimoto
79. Mrs. White
78: Eugenia Theodosopolous
77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein
76: Anthony Patafio
75: Carl Seacat
74: Sacha Levine
73: Sharon Salomon
72: Johnny Chu
71: Susie Timm
70: Jason Silberschlag
69: Gina Miller
68: Cindy Gentry
67: Amy Binkley
66: Dave Anderson
65: Mark Tarbell
64: Marianne Belardi
63: Audrey Lasalle
62: Brandon Gauthier
61: Brad and Kat Moore
60: Denise Clayton
59: Nobuo Fukuda
58: Richie Moe
57: Robin Trick
56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia
55: Farah Khalid
54: Dave Andrea
53: Vincent Guerithault
52: Danielle Leoni
51: Stan Zawatski
50: Maya Dailey
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48: Lisa Reinhardt
47: Isam Saed
46: Greg Peterson
45: Marco Bianco
44: Mark Fratu
43: Wendell Crow
42. Barb Harris
41: Michael Perry
40: Jeff Kraus
39: Ryan Avery
38: Charleen Badman
37: Damon Brasch
36: Dwayne Allen
35: Jason Asher

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