In the NYT last week, Jim Harrison was lamenting that Catherine Murray's self-published cookbooks were out of print.
Jim Harrison: I own hundreds of cookbooks and have had no trouble tracking out-of-print volumes because in a parallel life I am a master spy for an uncreated government. However, I've somehow lost track of a wonderful two-volume work out of Wisconsin, "A Taste of Memories from the Old 'Bush,' " by Catherine Tripalin Murray. (The first volume is subtitled "Italian Recipes and Fond Memories From People Who Lived in Madison's Greenbush District, 1900-1960.") These books even tell you how to turn a fresh ham into prosciutto, an arduous process. This work is an absolute jewel among the thousands of trashy P.T.A. and Junior League local cookbooks that always include Mom's Lazy Day Leftover Casserole, which can include as many as five different cans of soup.
Well, I've tracked down Catherine Murray. The books ARE still in print, and I've ordered a set (link below).