Are you familiar with Ruth Smythers?

There’s evidence that her book – or the book attributed to her – Instruction and Advice for the Young Bride published in 1894 – was intended as joke. We have decided to take it deadly seriously. HAH, THOSE VICTORIANS. We are better than them because we have sex lives, and also, twitter.

However, we have comparatively few meals served with escoffier dishes, so, you know, wash.

Here are some of our favorite tips by Ruth, and you can get them all, here.

Pictures via Oil Paintings Frames