The 7 Best Books of December

There are just a few more weeks before we can pop the champagne and put 2016 in the rear-view mirror. (We haven’t forgiven you for David Bowie and Prince, 2016, and we probably never will.) You can make it through the icy weather and the awkward family celebrations with the help of some of this month’s new books, including a history of American cuisine’s most influential flavors, a collection of weird and scary Christmas-themed stories, a biography of the man who brought us Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, and a memoir exploring the dark side of Italy’s finest restaurants.