I’m excited for the appearance of Father Dominic Garramone, OSB, at Lagron-Miller, the Catholic bookseller here in Peoria. Fr. Dominic will be at a book signing Friday, November 26, at the store, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This won’t be my first Fr. Dom book signing. I have great memories of another one, and I can testify that he is delightful in person. In 2000 or early 2001, my husband sent me to Lagron-Miller, for a booksigning for Father’s new book at the time, Breaking Bread with Father Dominic 2. We had a newborn and a three-year-old at the time, and I think my dear husband wanted me to have a morning out. So, baby in sling, I made my way there.
Father Dominic was, if possible, far nicer in person than his television persona. I remember being somewhat apologetic and “confessing” to having a bread machine, and he made a joke, something about bread machines not being the spawn of the devil. With small children, and someone who doesn’t like kneading much, it could be a good way to make fresh bread, he said.
I no longer have the bread machine, because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a not very successful baker of either bread or pizza. But Father Dom’s newest book, and some ideas for crusts, I have a new confidence to try, and I’ll try my hand again at “food blogging” this month as I did in August when we discussed Fr. Leo’s book Grace Before Meals.