Rice is a staple food in dozens of countries, the third largest grain produced throughout the world. Virtually dozens of cuisines and cultures use this ancient grain. How and what its cooked with varies just as much -- in Asia, rice is often made 'sticky' or very dense, while in countries like India it's the opposite. Regardless of how you like yours, rice can be a unique addtion to any dish. With four popular variations (at right), you'll find different tastes and textures and of course, color. Most rice is fairly easy to make -- instant is always easiest but if you're preparing it a lot, a rice steamer is a great addition to your kitchen.