Don’t let holiday entertaining stress you out — it should be fun! Seriously Simple Parties (2012 Chronicle Books) makes it easy with appetizers you can whip up on a whim. Los Angeles-based food writer Diane Rossen Worthington offers a follow-up to her cookbook Seriously Simple, with a guide for busy hosts. Using straightforward ingredients, minimal prep time and streamlined cooking techniques, hosts can serve festive meals with ease. Impress guests with these prosciutto-wrapped figs or meatball sliders at your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party.