For all the years that we've closely read food magazines, we've always wondered how many of the recipes in any given issue are really worth making.
Yes, magazines have test kitchens. But that doesn't mean that everything that ends up in the issue is perfect. Mistakes happen. Errors occur. Some dishes just aren't that great.
With this year's Cover to Cover project, we get a glimpse into that very question for Bon Appetit's September issue.
When our reader-chefs submitted their recipes, we also asked them to answer a simple question: Would you make this dish again? And we gave three options: yes, no, and maybe (with some changes).
Quiz time! Thirty-eight recipes later, how many reader-chefs said they'd make their dish again?
The answer surprised us, in that it was far higher than we expected. Our very scientific poll of the reader-chefs revealed the following:
54% of reader chefs said yes, they would absolutely make their dish again.
33% said they might make the dish again, with some alterations.
And just 13% said no, they wouldn't make their dish again.
Considering that we randomly assigned the recipes, we think this issue of Bon Appetit fared extremely well with our reader-chefs in the Cover to Cover project.
So what were the most successful dishes?