High-energy Amy Finley gave a fast-paced cooking demonstration Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. (She returns at 11 a.m. Sunday (today) for a second demo.) Finley, a classically trained cook and the author of "How to Eat a Small Country," prepared lapin a la moutarde, or rabbit with mustard, a traditional Burgundian dish.
She's an advocate for getting people to eat more rabbit but admitted that it's tricky thinking of a "fluffy bunny and what you're having for dinner."
Despite a badly sliced thumb (a hazard of working with sharp objects), Finley proceeded with a how-to session in cutting up rabbit, then prepared the lapin, followed by a session with what she called the "food guillotine," or the mandoline, which she fearlessly used to slice potatoes.
From May 15-24, Finley will lead a 10-day Springtime in Paris/Adventure by the Book tour around Paris and the French countryside. Highlights of the tour include nine days deluxe lodging in Paris and Burgundy, a cooking class and dinner with former European editor of Gourmet magazine, Alec Lobrano, author of "Hungry for Paris." Cost for the tour is $3,995 per person, double occupancy. Airfare is not included.