In the New World, the primary meat is beef. The seemingly limitless grazing lands made it a logical choice. In the Old World, animal husbandry took a different course. The ability of smaller animals, like sheep and goats, to thrive on marginally productive lands, too poor to feed larger animals, made the smaller animals the logical choice. In addition, they could provide wool for clothing as well as leather, and milk to feed the children. In the lands surrounding the Mediterranean and in the Middle East lamb is the predominate meat.
Take the basic recipe for a Colonial America beef stew, change for lamb and add garbanzo beans and dried fruit and adjust the spices; it gives this stew an Armenian makeover and makes for a delicious lamb stew in the Armenian-Style