Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens and Superstitions
Arranged alphabetically by topic, here are fascinating explanations of the myths and traditions surrounding holidays, rituals, and the origins of symbols. Included are amusing legends, strange customs, ethnic superstitions, comm...more
i have not actually read it yet, so i will open to a random entry and regurgitate it for your reading pleasure:
"Meat: Should your meat shrink while being cooked, it is held unlucky for the household. Should it swell, however, prosperity is soon to come"
sage advice for the modern culinary novice.