ThinkRice.com provides nutrition information and recipes, if you need a reason to eat rice. The Library has two books in its cookbook collection devoted to rice recipes: The Top One Hundred Italian Rice Dishes: Including Over 50 Risotto Recipes by Diane Seed [641.5945 SEE] and Seductions of Rice: A Cookbook by Jeffrey Alford [641.6318 ALF].
According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations),
Rice is a major food crop for the people of the world in general and Asians in particular; nearly 90% of the world's rice is produced and consumed in this region. Furthermore, rice is a staple food for nearly 2.4 billion people in Asia, and except for Pakistan and some parts of India and China, rice provides two thirds of the calories for most Asians with rice-based diets.
Rice Is Life by Rita Goldman Gelman [JP GEL] explains to kids how people in Bali subsist on a diet that is almost exclusively rice. Not like the typical American diet!
Rice is universally cooked and served around the world, and Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley [JP DOO] explains how it is done and who does it.