An unexpected window into a world that is beautiful, breath-taking, culturally diverse and downright exotic. Jean Muir is an American who fell in love with Scotland. Scotland: Celebrations & Soul Food is her love letter to the culture, festivals and culinary riches of that great country. Combining food and history, Jean focusses on the many unique events and celebrations within Scotland, describing the folklore, traditions and food centred around these cultural highlights. From the world famous New Year's Eve celebrations to the revelry of Up Helly Aa in Shetland, from the grandeur of the Border Ridings to ancient customs such as the Burry Man of South Queensferry, this book provides a graphical, detailed insider's view of these spectacular events. Beginning at midnight on New Year's Eve, it's an around-the-country, around-the-calendar adventure to highlight how they celebrate north of the border - Scotland-style! Colourful and inspiring photos and historical facts lay bare the origins and meanings of the celebrations. Since there is no point in having a festival without a feast, recipes are included that use regional and seasonal ingredients to give you a real feeling of participation, along with full-colour pictures. The book provides an original and innovative approach to Scottish products and ingredients, creating dishes that showcase the world-class bounty of Scotland. Sit back, enjoy and prepare to see Scotland in a way you never have before.
Jean Muir is probably best described as an `accidentally intrepid' American who simply sees everyday life as an adventure. A former Architectural Conservator, now mother, wife, artisan food crafter, blogger, this is her first book.