Thank you so much to the 101 of you who took the time to fill out my reader survey. I’ve loved going through your responses these last few weeks. Here’s some of what you had to say…
Hoping to streamline recipe searches, I asked how you look for recipes on MQP. As you can see in this handy-dandy pie chart, most of you use the recipe index or the Google-powered search bar. Since only 1% said they use the month-by-month archives in the sidebar, I took that out. Easy fix, and if it was just clogging things up, better to say good-bye. (I found it interesting that no one uses the Facebook page albums, by the way. They’re not organized by category, but I think it could be a quick way to browse by photo. Guess not.) Several of you made great suggestions for improving the recipe index. They’re on my to-do list!
I was curious about which ingredients you’d like to see more often and I’ll admit that I was surprised that the answers were overwhelmingly healthy ones. You asked for low-fat and sugar-free options, and more tofu, fish, whole grains, eggplant, and oil-based desserts. (In the words of one reader, “the healthier, the better!”) You also wanted more pareve dishes in general. My favorite ingredient request, by the way, was mung beans. I’ve never actually eaten mung beans. (Oops.)
When I asked about your favorite MQP recipes, I got answers from every course of the meal. Homemade chummus, French onion quiche, and broccoli quiche in a brown rice crust were at the very top of the list of most commonly cited favorites. Some of the others were honey beer bread muffins, homemade cream cheese, red lentil & sweet potato soup, sesame green beans, zucchini kugel, gingersnaps with white chocolate chips, and easy chocolate fudge cookies. If you haven’t already, go check those out!
But I know my recipes can’t all be perfect, so I asked which dishes hadn’t worked for you. Oddly enough, some of the ones you mentioned here were cited by other readers as favorites — I guess that’s how it is sometimes. A few people said they didn’t like the creamy mushroom barley pilaf, some because there was too much soy sauce and some because there wasn’t enough! (For the record, I totally love and stand by that dish.) Another problem that was mentioned a few times was the zucchini kugel coming out watery — an issue that should be resolved with the recently updated directions.
Since I started posting my Binah column‘s articles and recipes, I’ve been wondering whether they were too long for the blog. So I asked you.
Only 3% of you said they were too long, and another 11% said you ignore them altogether. I was happy to see that the majority said you like reading the column through my blog since you don’t normally see it in the magazine. And nearly a quarter of you do subscribe — I hadn’t expected that (cool!).
Looking toward future projects, I asked whether you’d be likely to buy a MQP eBook for $5 (scale: 1 meant “not likely” and 5 meant “very likely”).
Several people have suggested I put out an eBook, and I never thought there would be any reader interest. Seeing that 18% of you were either “likely” or “very likely” to buy one has made me take a fresh look at the idea. (If you’re a graphic designer interested in partnering with me on this, please get in touch!)
Finally, I asked whether you’d be likely to buy the MQP cookbook. This is a real dream of mine, and I’ve been adding ideas to the ever-expanding table of contents for months now. I have 80+ concepts for brand-new recipes in the works, with more coming all the time. (Literally. I keep a notebook by my bed for late-night brainstorming.)
I was excited to see that nearly half of you said you’d be “likely” or “very likely” to buy my book (thank you for the encouragement!). Now I just have to write it…and get it published.
In the meantime, I’m going to be working (as always) to bring you the kind of recipes you want, and to make using them as easy as possible. Your critiques and loyal-fan comments are so appreciated.
One year ago: iced coffee milkshake