I do like lasagna, a feature of a palindrome of some quality (“Go hang a salami; I’m a lasagna hog”), and the ultimate comfort food. Is it the quintessence of Italian cuisine though? Wikipedia says the recipe was published in England’s first cookbook and eaten in the English court of the 1300s and may have originated there. Now we are to be taught how to cook it as part of the Slow Food Movement’s A Taste of Slow Festival at the Abbotsford Convent on Saturday week (9 September). The Age’s Epicure’s hymn to lasagna, by the person leading the demonstration, is here. Thanks to Nicolas of Bobigny France for the photo.