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Jul 22, 2010 04:43 PM

A New Board for Vegetarians?

How about creating a new board for vegetarians?

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    1. While my first instinct was to say that wasn't a bad idea, a little voice in the back of my head quickly piped up, wondering how often omnivores would visit. The majority of people on chow have incredible recipes and suggestions, some of which are vegetarian even if they are not vegetarians. You might miss some good stuff, Doc. And so might the meat-eaters.

      And, as most vegetarians are savy enough to adapt a recipe to their needs, might that not be a little limiting?

      1. Aside from the knee-jerk Chowhound answer that there can never be any new boards, ever, for any reason (I sound snarky about this, but I actually mostly agree with it), there's no compelling reason to ghetto-ize posts about vegetarian food. Plenty of people on my home board request information about vegetarian restaurants, and they get it. Plenty of people on Home Cooking request information about vegetarian recipes, and they get it. So it's kind of a solution in search of a problem.

        There's also the little matter of defining the word "vegetarian," which always opens up a whole can of (gummy, of course) worms.

        1. This seems to come up every year or so. What do you feel the benefit would be? I'm an ovo-lacto veg, and I can't think of any benefits to a veg board.

          1. Well, there's a Kosher board, why not a vegetarian board? I've seen many a post looking for vegetarian options be hijacked by many other helpful suggestions, that are not, and end up being about the best way to grill a steak.

            Why not a targeted resource for those looking for an array of threads that fit the vegetarian bill?

            For those against the idea- do you realize how difficult it is to search through the entire site for the occasional thread that may or may not contain info for vegetarians, even if it contains the word "vegetarian"?

            p.s. me = not vegetarian most of the time, but eats meat less than once/week- I would love a board to talk about ideas and recipes that don't involve meat(s).

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            1. re: cheesemonger

              Well, I am a vegetarian, and I don't find it difficult to find ideas on this site that are suitable for my diet. I'm not sure why you find it difficult to find threads that fit the vegetarian bill. I just looked at the front page for home cooking and see loads of threads that are helpful to me. I'm just not going to open up the oxtail or lamb kidney threads.

              My concern about a vegetarian board is that non-vegetarians will not visit it. So the omnivore with a fantastic vegetarian green bean recipe will not see my plea for new ideas for green beans. I would guess that the vast majority of chowhounds eat a lot of vegetarian dishes; they sure do post about a lot of them. I don't want to be isolated from those ideas just because there might be a nice pork dish on the plate for some posters.

              There are frequent "need vegetarian idea" posts on the homecooking board. It seems to me those posts get lots of great ideas, from veg*ns and omnivores alike.

              1. re: cheesemonger

                The Kosher board is kind of a remnant from a different time, when the site was founded and was NY-centric, but even that board doesn't really cover cooking, just restaurants, so if you're using that as your precedent, you're still not going to get what it sounds like you want.

                1. re: cheesemonger

                  I don't think that the vegetarian area would get a lot of traffic from non vegetarians. If you're looking for a restaurant, the local board is a much better option. I know my board has posts fairly frequently about vegetarian options and they have no shortage of replies. I can't imagine that people who spend most of the time on a local board going to visit a vegetarian board often enough to provide timely information, since a lot of the more knowledgeable posters in a given area may not be vegetarian.

                  As for cooking, most people don't put meat/dairy into every dish they eat, so everyone's probably looking for vegetarian options on the home cooking board- be it for sides or for a main course. I don't think searching is all that hard. If you want a dish with green beans, for instance, just do a search for that and see what comes up that's vegetarian. Not all vegetarian dishes are going to be labeled as such.