I have adapted this Baked Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon and gruyere from a recipe I found in Anna Del Conte’s memoir, Risotto with Nettles. It is a book that I had been eyeing up for a while so my eldest bought it for me for my birthday.
Being a lover of both modern social history and food, I found the book fascinating. It speaks of her privileged childhood lived out in grand Italian apartments amongst expensive antiques and gnocchi rolling servants, the war years during which privilege and money counted for nothing, the desire to survive being the great leveller, and then of her marriage to an English man and her subsequent adaptation to a very different way of life, both in and out of the kitchen.
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