Rice is definitely my comfort food. If I am sad, I prepare a delicious bowl of rice and I feel better. It is funny in Italian rice is spelled as smile: riso… !
This grain similar to wheat is the most popular food all over the world! There are tons of variety according to whick kind of dish you wanna prepare and so different ways of cooking it: a creamy risotto, a folky paella, a magic pilav, a sweet pudding rice or a fresh sushi.
Here some suggestions:
Arborio, Carnaroli rice: the best choice for risotto
Basmati rice: side dish, perfect with chicken and fish
Black rice: side dish or risotto, intense smell of fresh baked bread, long cooking time
Brown rice: side dish, ideal for steaming, long cooking time
Indian rice: very long grain, perfumed, ideal for steaming
Japonica rice: very sticky, ideal for sushi
Red rice: side dish with a strong smell of wood, long cooking time
Thai Jasmine rice: side dish, very perfumed and ideal for steaming
Wild rice: side dish, intense perfumed, long cooking time
"Rice is the best, the most nutritive and unquestionably the most widespread staple in the world" Escoffier