The difficulty with rice is simply categorizing it with a single word.
Whether you are talking of its types—long grain or short grain, white, brown, Arborio, wild—or how to cook it, rice is a worldwide food staple and a key to an extraordinary number of cuisines. Rice is integral to almost every type of Asian cooking. Could you imagine Indian, Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, or Japanese food without it? There is even a special type of rice for sushi, although you can make sushi with traditional short-grain white rice.
A classic Italian risotto is only made with Arborio rice, a rice that is literally named for the place from which it originally came. There is even a special machine—a rice cooker—invented for perfectly cooking this grain. At Southern Living we love rice because we see how integral it is to every type of cuisine. It is the star in Arroz con Pollo to the extent that it gets first billing. It gets a Southern twist when an Italian classic gets reinvented as Dirty Rice Risotto. It turns up in unexpected ways in a rich dish like Rice Soufflé. Enjoy the varieties of rice every single way.