We've all heard those old wives tales: "Feed a cold, starve a fever!" "Don't swim after you eat!" "Put A Steak On A Black Eye!" Are they really true, or just words of advice gone astray? The author gets to the bottom of these, asking the experts what they really think of Mom's advice. Sometimes they are true, sometimes Mom seems to be very off.
A lot of these I don't really remember my mother ever telling me, but maybe that's because they are more prominent here in America. (I'm a first generation American) Others I remember being told by my abuela (grandmother) - like don't go outside with your hair wet, or you'll catch a cold. She still said that to me in my 20's! LOL Regardless, I found this book to be absolutely fascinating from a folk lore sense.
Some of them though, I'll still agree with even if it's been proven wrong, such as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Ahem, apples are one of the cheaper fruits that most folks can afford, and fruit is necessary to keep our bodies healthy - so I say it's true! ;)
Mother Knows Best: The Truth About Mom's Well-Meaning (But Not Always Accurate) Advice by Sue Castle is a paperback humor/reference book published by Skyhorse Publishing. It is 192 pages long. The suggested cover price is $12.95, and you find it at your favorite local bookstore and sites like Amazon.com. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.
I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.