In many cultures, meat in general and lamb in particular is what you serve to guests…especially guests you really like! (Since it’s usually the most expensive part of the meal, serving meat demonstrates your hospitality.) I ate more lamb in the Middle East in just a couple months than I ate in the rest of my life combined. (Middle Easterners are a generous, hospitable group of people…lamb was on the menu often! Plus my hubby has a lot of family members, and each one wanted the chance to host us.)
Stateside Mike and I generally don’t eat as much lamb, except during the Eid right after Ramadan. But really, the biggest reason that we don’t eat is very often is because we haven’t been able to find a good supplier.