I'm packing my bags for a trip to Scotland! I'm terribly excited. I've never been to Scotland before; surprisingly, most of my jet-setting friends have never been, either. I've begun to suspect that Scotland isn't a destination of choice for many Americans, though I can't imagine why not. It has gorgeous castles. It has amazing art. It has played an incredible role in history. One of my favorite authors, the brilliant A.L. Kennedy, is from Glasgow. One of my favorite chefs, the provactive genius Gordon Ramsay, also hails from Scotland. I'm quite certain it's going to be lovely.
When I went to my local bookstore to begin research for my trip, I found four entire shelves consumed by guidebooks on France; two whole shelves for guidebooks on England; one-and-a-half shelves for Ireland; but only a fraction of a single shelf, stocked with a grand total of eight books, on Scotland. The good news is that I didn't have to deliberate between hundreds of different choices. I found just what I needed, and I was on my way.
One comment that I've heard repeatedly, as I've told people about my destination, is: "Don't expect much from the food!"
I'll let you know how it all turns out when I return!