One of the guiding principles of yummly is that taste is a very personal combination of likes, dislikes and choices. Dave hates mustard. I love soft-shelled crabs. Vadim is a pescetarian. At Yummly, we’ve provided a couple different ways you can filter your recipe search and recommendations based on your likes, dislikes, diet, food allergies, nutrition and price.
When it comes to diet we started with the vegetarian diet and all the popular combinations of vegetarianism out there. We quickly realized that calling yourself a ‘vegetarian’ ends up meaning different things to different people.
We’ve provided ways for you to align yourself with one of the mainstream popular definitions of ‘vegetarian’. But yummly also gives you the ability to customize your preferences so you can be the kind of ‘vegetarian’ you want to be even if it’s not defined by one of our diet categories.
Here are options to apply yummly’s diet preferences to arrive at the recommendations and search results you want:
1. When you edit your taste profile and establish the foods you like and dislike you can also set diet and allergy preferences. Setting your diet preferences in your taste profile will help yummly recommend the right recipes for you.
2. If you don’t want to commit yourself to a diet ‘bucket’ in your taste profile you can still use it as a filtering choice in the FoodFinder. Just type in the diet you want to filter by.
3. Even without using a diet category, you can filter your food results. The ingredients pane of the FoodFinder will let you include what you want or exclude what you don’t. So if you want to browse recipes without “meat” you can simply exclude “meats”.
After quite a bit of research, surveying and consensus-building we established the following yummly diet classifications:
Raw – excludes meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs but includes all plant-based ingredients
Vegan – excludes meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs and honey
Vegetarian – excludes meat, poultry and seafood but includes dairy and eggs
Lacto-Vegetarian – excludes meat, poultry, seafood and eggs but includes dairy
Ovo-Vegetarian – excludes meat, poultry, seafood and dairy but includes eggs
Pescetarian – excludes meat and poultry but includes seafood, dairy and eggs.
This is just the beginning and we’d love to hear about other ways you’d like to be able to establish your taste profile. Are there other diet classifications you’d like to see? Please let us know in the comments below, through our feedback forum or even on Facebook or Twitter.