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Pizza, asparagus grab top spots in magazine poll

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NEW YORK — Americans' favorite food tastes range from pizza, no surprise as most-reached-for takeout, to elegant asparagus at the top of the veggie pop charts, Bon Appetit magazine says.

The magazine's fourth annual reader survey asked about both at-home and eating-out habits. The results summarized in the March issue suggest some changes in tastes, along with staunch devotion to a lot of longtime favorites.

Ketchup has lost ground to Dijon mustard, vanilla is still first choice in ice cream flavors. About 85 percent say they shop at farmer's markets and over half of respondents eat a vegetarian entree once or twice a week now.

Craving a comfort food, it seems, men and Northeasterners more readily choose pasta. Women and Midwesterners prefer mashed potatoes, earning that food a high rating.

A clear winner with everyone, the magazine says, is Italian food as the cuisine of choice to make at home — and it's almost as popular when eating out.

Chocolate chip reigns supreme among cookies.